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The Lilac

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I do wish you could smell these. One small sprig is enough to pervade my entire room with its delicious scent….

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lilacs

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lilacs

I like to think that my creative genius has the form of a frothy, flowering lilac; preferably a well-rooted, towering specimen. Although I had little notion of it when I purchased this domain all those years ago, I’m fairly sure that this plant will remain an enduring symbol for me throughout my life, as it has done for painters & poets for centuries.

The Lilac is an ancient shrub
But ancienter than that
The Firmamental Lilac
Upon the Hill tonight —
The Sun subsiding on his Course
Bequeaths this final Plant
To Contemplation — not to Touch —
The Flower of Occident.
Of one Corolla is the West —
The Calyx is the Earth —
The Capsules burnished Seeds the Stars
The Scientist of Faith
His research has but just begun —
Above his synthesis
The Flora unimpeachable
To Time’s Analysis —
“Eye hath not seen” may possibly
Be current with the Blind
But let not Revelation
By theses be detained —

– Emily Dickinson

How about you? Do you have a mascot, floral or otherwise?

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24th May, 2011  // Laylock, Literature, Photographs // tags: , , .

One Comment

  1. meghan says:

    My planty mascot is the four-leafed clover. But I certainly do love lilacs- both the look and the smell. Your pictures are glorious!


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