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lilies lying on water

March 6, 2009

I think I’ve heard or read (was it a Wilbur poem?) about paper folded flowers which when dropped in a dish of water unfold into blossoms. I can’t seem to find anything about this online . . . does anyone have any help?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie permalink
    March 8, 2009 7:01 pm

    Almost positive it’s from the Beautiful Changes…

    One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides
    The Queen Anne’s Lace lying like lilies
    On water; it glides
    So from the walker, it turns
    Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of you
    Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.

    The beautiful changes as a forest is changed
    By a chameleon’s tuning his skin to it;
    As a mantis, arranged
    On a green leaf, grows
    Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
    Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.

    Your hands hold roses always in a way that says
    They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
    In such kind ways,
    Wishing ever to sunder
    Things and things’ selves for a second finding, to lose
    For a moment all that it touches back to wonder.

  2. clipstock permalink
    March 10, 2009 9:38 am

    True, true. I also think of as when a leaf, petal or thin chip Is drawn to the falls of a pool and, circling a moment above it, Rides on over the lip- Perfectly beautiful, perfectly ignorant of it. But the paper flowers, where have I recently come across this?…

  3. rainscape permalink*
    March 22, 2009 1:09 am

    The Mind-Reader (and what a fabulous poem to stumble across something you’ve lost in!):


    what words float up within another’s thought
    Surface as soon in mine, unfolding there
    Like paper flowers in a water-glass. …

    and the lines that follow after these are often quoted by our own Sebastian (who sometimes cheats a little).

  4. clipstock permalink
    March 22, 2009 8:32 am

    Do paper flowers unfold in water?

  5. rainscape permalink*
    March 22, 2009 2:20 pm

    I guess that’s what I really want to know.

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