favorite flower

iriscrossbasecrpdDecember 21, 2014

Did you know that the “fleur-de-lis” fleur_de_lis_black_silhouette is a stylized iris? And in ancient Greece, Goddess Iris was the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow. She acted as the link between heaven and earth.

Thou art the Iris, fair among the fairest,
Who, armed with golden rod
And winged with the celestial azure, bearest
The message of some God.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from Iris

Then we had the irises, rising beautiful and cool on their tall stalks, like blown glass, like pastel water momentarily frozen in a splash, light blue, light mauve, and the darker ones, velvet and purple...
-Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

2 thoughts on “favorite flower”

  1. Sera
     ·  Reply

    Just lovely!

  2. DIane
     ·  Reply

    Genius!! Lovely…and the Margaret Atwood quote is so perfect

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