Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Flower-Strewn Forest Path

images from the UC-Berkeley Botanical Gardens, CA, February 2010

trail up the mountain canyon
trail down the hillside strewn
with new-fallen blossoms
spread on the loam
as if for a wedding

the wedding of the queens and kings of heaven
wedding of all saints and angels
wedding of daemon and shadow
wedding of sky, earth, cloud, and rain
male rain, female rain, rain that seeds the earth with life

flowerfall on earth
a bright carpet of whitepink
from the weeping trees

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Blogger Elisabeth said...

Are those flowers pink magnolias? Each winter just before summer my husband and I play a game called 'spot the magnolia'. We look for flowering magnolias as the first sign here of spring. By the time the petals have all but dropped spring is usually well underway.

These are beautiful words and images. Very evocative. Thanks Art.

2:17 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Yes, they're (tulip tree) magnolias. The rhododendrons were also in bloom. One of the best things about CA is that there's always something in bloom, even through the short winter. The timing is as you say, and what's in bloom cycles through the year. But there are always flowers somewhere.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Shhh! No newts is good newts!

12:27 AM  

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