Ah! African Daisy

I love flowers. Don’t ask me why, but I do!  Since I’m at a loss of words, I thought it best to borrow them from William Blake & Alexander Pushkin. These pictures were taken soon after a long and arduous argument with the one who brought them home. The accompanying verse seems to express the context of what that moment and these flowers meant to me. Hope you like them even if a tad flowery 🙂

Ah! Sun-Flower by William Blake
Ah Sun-flower! weary of time.
Who countest the steps of the Sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done.
Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:
Arise from their graves and aspire.
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.
The sleeping sepals

The sleeping sepals: ‘I slept in the earth In the silent night, I murmured my fears and I felt delight.

The Filament and the Stigma

The Filament and the Stigma: As I wandered the forest, the green leaves among, I heard a Wild Flower singing a song.

A bud dreams: ‘In the morning I went as rosy as morn, to seek for new joy; But oh! met with scorn.

Glowing petals: A flower, shrivelled, bare of fragrance, forgotten on a page –    I see, and instantly my soul awakens, filled with an aimless reverie

The stigma: When did it bloom? the last spring? earlier? How long? Where was it plucked? By whom? By foreign hands? or by familiar? And why put here, as in a tomb?

Wilting: Is she alive? Is he still with her? Where is their haven at this hour? Or did they both already wither, like this unfathomable flower?


About shabnamphoto

I'm a graphic artist with a passion for photography. I like to tell a story with my pictures. Sometimes a picture may speak on its own and at other times it may need an explanation. I'm intrigued by the ordinariness of life and enjoy documenting my life in the light and shadow of what surrounds me. Be it people, landscape, flowers, architecture or birds, the camera helps me see what I wouldn't with my naked eye.
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6 Responses to Ah! African Daisy

  1. Seems to me the poetry was perfectly chosen to accompany your romantic – voyeuristic – examination of the flowers. It as engrossing.


  2. Eden says:

    I like the angle in number four 🙂


  3. Beautiful post and photos!


  4. uttam says:

    no argument, these pics are really good


  5. suman says:

    Gosh !! You’re a genius Shabnam !!


    • shabnamphoto says:

      Not me, dear Suman, William Blake and Alexander Pushkin are the ones. I have merely mixed and matched the two. Thanks for your support and visit, really appreciate it 🙂


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