Wednesday 15 January 2014

Poetic Pairing: January

John Singer Sargent Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 1885-6 Tate Britian

The Flowers

All the names i know from nurse: 
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames - 
These must all by fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all

Robert Louis Stevenson

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