“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 calyxesFor 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 dawnsTrod 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 lilyThat skims a sea of sighs, and as it wendsThrough the blue incense of horizons, palelyToward 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 balsamFor the weary poet withering on the husk.”
Albrecht Dürer, “Daffodils and Other Flowers”
Hasegawa Kyuzo, “Cherry Blossoms”
Hayami Gyoshu, “Spring Evening”
(last two images via http://through-the-sapphire-sky.blogspot.ch/2010/03/sakura-cherry-blossoms-in-bloom.html)
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…
I’m really happy you liked it. Thank you.
Love the poem, and its expression of flowers~
The art is so beautiful as well.
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Hi Sunday, thank you. This is my way of honoring the spring.
It honored Spring and her glorious rebirth.
Beautiful and descriptive poetry, and such lovely images, melding together and almost other worldly.
(came via Sue Dreamwalkers ….’twas a pleasure to visit. Penx )
Thank you for your visit and for a lovely comment.