The zinnias in our cutting garden (in Rwanda) have begun to bloom this week.
A “high prole” flower, says Fussell’s book on American
class, the aristocrat wouldn’t touch them, says Cooper
on class in England. So unguardedly, unthriftily
do they open up and show themselves that subtlety,
rarity, nuance are almost put to shame.
Utter clarity of color, as if amidst all that
mystery inside and outside one’s own skin
this at least were something unmistakable,
multiplicity of both color and form, as if
in certain parts of our personal economy
abundance were precious – these are their two main virtues.
– Mona Van Duyn, from “A Bouquet of Zinnias”
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