One of my favorite things to do is to walk barefoot in my garden in the mornings (keeping an eye out, of course, for fire ants and scorpions) in my long house dress, feeling all 50's housewife, minus the Valium, minus the martini, minus the man, and very, very content.
Around 10 am or so, the sun is just right, and I sit in my lounge chair drinking in the green and my espresso, filled with gratitude to have this marvelous beauty around me. My regular readers remember when I moved: what a big decision it was. I've had no regrets, especially today when I took this photo.
This ephemeral flower, cha ba ( "the flower that listens") lasts but one day. One of the holy flowers considered auspicious to take as paya (prayer offering) to the pagoda, it is twice as big as my hand, and large enough to function as a living hat.
It grew out of one of the many, giant clay pots in my garden that are filled with water to create mini ponds. I tried adding fish, but the ravens got to them. So, for now, the pots are fish-less, but filled with lotuses, lilies, and water hyacinth. (This image to your right is one of my collections of water hyacinth.) As for the flower: the stem is the thickness of a finger and extends three feet up from the surface; the leaves are large as a child's umbrella.
Like so many things in life, the flower doesn't last long.
But while it's here, what joy, what extravagant beauty.
what about enjoying the morning-has-broken-feeling whilst having a cup of coffee together...or sex and the city on th 50th floor? SOONer than later?
gonna be in BKK for three months by early january. what a deal if we could meet there, maybe you´re around!
oh dear, wish you merry Christmas and that we meet in 2006!
Posted by: bluest eyes | Wednesday, 21 December 2005 at 10:12 AM
Hey, Bluest Eyes! Isn't life funny: how way leads on to way? Email me with more details.
Imagine a replay of that infamous June excursion to the top of BKK's highest building , and coffee the next morning in hippie-town, avoiding all arab palm readers! Glad to hear you'll be nearer to my country!
Posted by: shamash | Saturday, 24 December 2005 at 10:45 AM
Inspirational beauty and calm, I'm "getting" from you and your life...BTW
loved the Singapore boy, gazing at the Dragon, with a bit of shady "fear" in his eyes...we see things bigger and more "real" when we are kids...and then, helas, loose some of them when we grow....
Posted by: Moon | Wednesday, 28 December 2005 at 09:21 PM