April 9, 2009

Madonna of the Evening Flowers

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charm and inspire your busy day.


--Description: 20th C, Lowell A., Nature, Seasons--

All day long I have been working,
Now I am tired
I call: "Where are you?"
But there is only the oak-tree rustling in the wind.
The house is very quiet,
The sun shines in on your books,
On your scissors and thimble just put down,
But you are not there.
Suddenly I am lonely:
Where are you? I go about searching.

Then I see you,
Standing under a spire of pale blue larkspur,
With a basket of roses on your arm.
You are cool, like silver,
And you smile.
I think the Canterbury bells are playing little tunes.

You tell me that the peonies need spraying,
That the columbines have overrun all bounds,
That the pyrus japonica should be cut back and rounded.
You tell me all these things.
But I look at you, heart of silver,
White heart-flame of polished silver,
Burning beneath the blue steeples of the larkspur,
And I long to kneel instantly at your feet,
While all about us peal the loud, sweet, Te Deums of the Canterbury bells.




--Did You Know:
  Lowell never attended college because her family did not consider it proper for a woman, but she compensated for this with avid reading and near-obsessive book-collecting. She lived as a socialite and travelled widely, turning to poetry in 1902 after being inspired by a performance of Eleonora Duse in Europe.

--Word of the Day: au fait (o FAY), adjective
Meaning: Being well-informed or skillful in something.
Example: "Some technology degree holders took two years in a job before they were au fait with the practical skills."
(Caitlin McKay; Award for Dedication; Manawatu Standard (New Zealand); Aug 27, 2007.)

--Quote of the Day: You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
(Hal Borland)

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