01 June 2015
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I know that I gush with exuberance with spring’s unfolding, especially magnolias, tulips and the escalating arc of this season’s light. Still, the discovery of my white peonies angling for my attention is easily overwhelming.
While caring for a triangular-shaped garden at the tip of my property, those sensual flower heads were bending from the heft of their multiple petals. Those almost pure white blooms have many components that give them a graceful and strongly provocative presence. Peonies have a profound effect upon me, one that escalates at each stage of its existence.
I snip a few clusters and take them inside to savor their perfume that spreads itself dramatically. As I place them in a tall vase, I feel a wave of emotion. One touch of the petals astounds my sensibilities: their silky surface is seductive and smooth, their cool touch raises the senses, their luxurious “fabric” feels exotic against the skin. Often as I breathe in their aroma, petals brush my cheeks and the sensation is indescribable. Their delicacy competes for my thoughts.
The drama continues. Each flowerhead has petals seemingly stitched in a circular design. A day or two or three after their arrangement, petals begin to fall. I allow them to stay wherever they rest. They land in patterns that entice me to cut more to see the merriment that they will undoubtedly create.
In another area of my gardens a tree peony has luscious pink flowers, but this year it had only one flower. While the white ones were brazen with boughs of plenty, it matters not that the other variety was less generous. That single pink flower has exactly the same effect upon me. That bloom was slipped into a small bowl where its precision was displayed, and its insight bestowed a quiet repose. It’s hard to fathom that such a small flower can be so demure and yet so powerful.
It’s multiple petals gathered together by Mother Nature provide magic in their aesthetic, aroma, luster and textures. They compelled me to write an ode to their unfolding.
Ode to Peony:
Hushing morning’s noisy distractions. My garden’s voice sprouts dainties of exotic clusters that dangle heightened perceptions.
On the north side of the sycamore those plants reveal seasonal gifts. Visual acuity pulls inward and outward,
And a peony’s allure romances its luscious character. I am ablaze with memories plied by the moment’s impermanence and silent awe.
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