The Flowers


Goddess Flora


“The Flowers” by Stéphane Mallarmé

(translated by Henry Weinfield)

“From golden showers of the ancient skies,
On the first day, and the eternal snow of stars,
You once unfastened giant calyxes
For the young earth still innocent of scars:
Young gladioli with the necks of swans,
Laurels divine, of exiled souls the dream,
Vermilion as the modesty of dawns
Trod by the footsteps of the seraphim;
The hyacinth, the myrtle gleaming bright,
And, like the flesh of woman, the cruel rose,
Hérodiade blooming in the garden light,
She that from wild and radiant blood arose!
And made the sobbing whiteness of the lily
That skims a sea of sighs, and as it wends
Through the blue incense of horizons, palely
Toward the weeping moon in dreams ascends!
Hosanna on the lute and in the censers,
Lady, and of our purgatorial groves!
Through heavenly evenings let the echoes answer,
Sparkling haloes, glances of rapturous love!
Mother, who in your strong and righteous bosom,
Formed calyxes balancing the future flask,
Capacious flowers with the deadly balsam
For the weary poet withering on the husk.”
Albrecht Dürer, “Daffodils and Other Flowers”
Hasegawa Kyuzo, “Cherry Blossoms”
Hayami Gyoshu, “Spring Evening”
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7 Responses to The Flowers

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    What a beautiful treat to read the poem…I really like it
    I had not heard it before..and your images are wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing
    Take Care…You Matter…


  2. Love the poem, and its expression of flowers~
    The art is so beautiful as well.

    ❀✫ ღ✿ƸӜƷ ✿ღ ✫❀
    . *✿ღ✿ღ.¸¸♥


  3. penpusherpen says:

    Beautiful and descriptive poetry, and such lovely images, melding together and almost other worldly.
    (came via Sue Dreamwalkers ….’twas a pleasure to visit. Penx )


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