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?
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.
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?…
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).
Do paper flowers unfold in water?
I guess that’s what I really want to know.
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