Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pink Hyacinths

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"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul."
~ Moslih Eddin Saadi, Gulistan (Garden of Roses)
My favorite flowers are gardenias, honeysuckle and hyacinths. The color doesn't matter; pink, purple, white, any color is fine.

Hyacinths remind me of this poem. In 1978 I found it on a notecard at our local Michael's store. The cards were a khaki tan with simple black ink illustrations and the poems in beautiful hand lettering. This one was illustrated with a hand drawn hyacinth. The envelopes were a light olive green. They were not unusually beautiful in color, but the quotes and poems were wonderful. I chose three. The second had a drawing of a butterfly with stars and a moon and the quote:
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars." ~ Henry Van Dyke
The third showed a tree with a drum at its base and read:
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away." ~ Henry David Thoreau
I kept these three notecards pinned to a bulletin board in my office for twenty-five years, the envelopes served as a background. Now they have been stored safely along with a small hand drawing of a Siamese cat, a newspaper clipping picturing a kitten with glasses, a round stick pin with a cat, two pictures of Robert Redford, a Born Loser cartoon and my two ice skating beginner medals; safely waiting for my next office.

Submission for Thursday Challenge topic "pink". (end of post)

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