Where My Sunflower Wishes to Go

AH! SUNFLOWER

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,

Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.

William Blake

 
 

Photograph by Patti Smith

Matisse, Patti Smith and Sunflowers

Stefano Pilati drew inspiration from Patti Smith while styling this fashion editorial for Harper’s Bazaar (YSL Remixed by Kristina O’Neill, December 2005). The blouse was inspired by Matisse and Picasso’s muses. Photo: Anthony Ward

 
 

Vase of Sunflowers, Henri Matisse, 1898

 
 

Patti, Car and Sunflowers. Photo by Judy Linn. Circa early ’70s