Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lavandula

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A Magi of the Canary traveled to Verde
On a quest for milk of the violet mint;
A precious gem native to the Old World.

It is said to be the alchemist's holy grail,
An herb with mystical healing properties
Of the brain and the deprived senses.

The Magi traveled over briny seas
Over temperate mountains,
And through many lands unknown.

He couldn't find this milky whey
No matter which direction he swayed
Until he collapsed upon a bed of flowery.

Nearly asleep a smell enlightened his sight
Opening his mind with a steady calm,
As a shade of blue fell upon his mire.

“Lavandula, my precious desire
I've found you at last.”

This poem was written as a response to Hannah's challenge, Nature's Wonder, over at the Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. Lavender seems like the type of flower that gives off loving pheromones that make one desirable, kind of like a perfume.   

31 comments:

  1. Fun story. I always thought that field of poppies in Oz should be lavender.

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    1. I think it was good symbolism in Oz to have the poppies because of their red hue representing the blood and death of those who fell asleep in the field.

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    2. not to mention the addictive power of opium

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  2. intriguing poem
    i also like its shape

    cheers
    jzb

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    1. I didn't really notice the shape too much till now, it does kind of resemble that of lavender. Thanks for stopping by JZB.

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    1. It has a good soothing effect when inhaled through incense. Wouldn't be surprised if someone used it during meditation.

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  4. I enjoyed the story quality and this line especially, "It is said to be the alchemist's holy grail," I love the idea of an alchemist...thank you for joining the challenge, Kenn!

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    1. I was inspired to use some Old World terminology within this poem. Glad to have participated.

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  5. A narrative that reads like a fairy tale... I like this... and yes I think the pheromones . might have had something in my poem as well.. good work Kenn

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    1. I haven't written a fairy tale like poem for a while, so this was good timing I think. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Bjorn.

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  6. I like that fantasy take on the prompt!

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  7. An interesting response to the prompt. It harks back to the days when men sailed in ships to look for herbs. And in those days they actually made money doing so. Very cool.

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    1. Nothing like sailing the ocean blue on a quest for buried treasure.

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  8. Oh, yeah! Now there's a magi who has a full understanding of Lavandula.

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    1. I had the image of Merlin in my head while writing this.

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  9. A lovely story eloquently expressed!

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  10. your lavender, written in a vial of fragrant form; enjoyed

    much love...

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    1. Thanks Gill! Never took notice to the shape of the poem much.

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  11. Such a creative take on the prompt, Beautiful storytelling

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  12. I love the ending Kenn and most specially this part:

    It is said to be the alchemist's holy grail,
    An herb with mystical healing properties
    Of the brain and the deprived senses.

    The magic of lavender, beautiful ~

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    1. It definitely has a mystical quality to it. Thanks for reading Grace!

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  13. Enjoyed this journey...glad he found the object of his quest; lavender is THAT special!

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    1. Wouldn't be much of a happy ending if he hadn't right.

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  14. Nice traveling, Kenn.
    I like it and have named it, in my mind, The Search of the Magi.
    ..

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    1. Cool! I'm happy to know that it was memorable.

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All comments would be appreciated.