japonisme: don't tell me it isn't happening

16 June 2011

don't tell me it isn't happening


The long path sap sludges up
through an iris, is it new

each spring? And what would
an iris care for novelty?

Urgent in tatters, it wants
to wrest what routine it can

from the ceaseless shifts
of weather, from the scrounge

it feeds on to grow beautiful
and bigger: last week the space

about to be rumpled
by iris petals was only air

through which a rabbit leapt,
a volley of heartbeats hardly
contained by fur, and then the clay-
colored spaniel in pursuit

and the effortless air
rejoining itself whole.

William Matthews

all the irises
these are the sixteen kinds of irises that grow in my garden.
the ones with their names attached DID NOT BLOOM this year.
profuse iris, with, at most, one bloom.

i called the local experts,
and they said that they're hearing this from a lot of people;
i said that in 20 years this has never happened,
and they said that they're hearing about things
that haven't happened in as long as 100 years.

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Blogger namastenancy said...

Those are gorgeous, gorgeous photos. I love painting the Iris and the next time I do a decent one, I'll post it on my blog. Who was the Japanese artist who did a famous woodcut of Irises? These could serve as models for his genius.
I wonder if the long rainy season has something to do with the lack of blossoms. Unfortunately for those of us who are allergic to SF Cedar, Oak and other fanged dust motes, the rain was super good to them -- not so good for the rest of us.
But you must have a gorgeous garden and I think that the allergies will be under control in another month or so, then we can have that long postponed cup of tea.
Of course, that's just in time for the summer heat "over there" but we can figure it out.

19 June, 2011 14:03  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

that we will. :^)

hiroshige did a lot of irises.

28 June, 2011 08:52  

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