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Love, death and daffodils

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This carpet of yellow is called the Field of Hope. It's where I shot a portrait of my brother, for his sweetheart, two years ago. In May they'll be married. One member of our extended family probably won't live to see the day as she is being attacked by an aggressive and sudden cancer. The reason Marie Curie have chosen to connect yellow flowers and cancer escapes me but walking through them I thought of both. My brother has asked me to read Dannie Abse's Epithalamion at the ceremony. Would that its refrain of 'all the living and all the dead' were not so appropriate. Is this what maturity is? The inability to see life without death contained in it?
30th Mar 2009, 09:38   | tags:,,

itchymoblog says:

Oh, how beautiful/painful. Sending good thoughts.

30th Mar 2009, 11:17

OJ says:

Thanks itchymoblog. Those daffs sure are beautiful.

30th Mar 2009, 11:39

Viv says:

It is a beautiful field

I picked some daff's yesterday in memory of Mum - that was 2 years ago now!

30th Mar 2009, 11:52

OJ says:

That's a nice thing to do Viv. Was your mum a particular fan of daffodils?

30th Mar 2009, 12:01

Jane Doe says:

That will make a great reading. Best to all

30th Mar 2009, 12:20

daffies were my mam's favourite flower, and we fill the house with them on her birthday, which is Feb 23rd, the height of daff season! Of course, the local churches here dish out the daffs on Mothering Sunday too, but they're the only days we have cut flowers in the house. This year we also put a window box on the living room windowsill, and the kids planted mini-daffs, hyacinths and crocuses, all of which were very lovely.
Is this what maturity is? The inability to see life without death contained in it? I don't think much about maturity, as I'm still trying to decide what I'll be when I grow up, but I don't think it's an inability as such to see life without death, but a growing awareness of death as a vital part of life.

30th Mar 2009, 14:44

OJ says:

A more measured way of putting it parabolichobo - I was trying to avoid sounding too cod-philosophical-deep and didn't put it very well.

I saw someone order a dozen daffs in our nearest florists before mother's day. It was before they had really come out here.

By the way, I've reminded myself of a current favourite song you'd probably like too. Kate Rusby's version of the carol Candlemas Eve is an adaptation of the Robert Herrick poem . It uses the final two lines as a refrain and encapsulates what I was thinking better than I did.

"Thus times do shift; each thing his turn does hold;

New things succeed, as former things grow old."

30th Mar 2009, 15:07

Viv says:

She would buy daffs and add pussy willow and flowering currant - but she liked it best when I picked them out of the garden and they were free :)


Oh and having given some thought to your question, I think maturity is not just being aware or dwelling on life death issues, but getting on with them.
That's a taurean for you!

30th Mar 2009, 15:09

V. says:

Lovely photo darlin and the daffs made me better as well as being with my glamourous girl. Walking on the sunny side. xx

30th Mar 2009, 16:03

Nice one V, keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life!
Thanks for the poem OJ, 'tis lovely, and I shall get the K Rusby version off of itunes rightaway.

30th Mar 2009, 18:26

crickson says:

Great. Now I'm depressed.

Wishing your family member well and congrats to your brother.

31st Mar 2009, 23:18

OJ says:

Oh dear, no depression intended. It's been that sort of year- I keep expecting Jeremy Beadle to pop up from beyond the grave with a big sickle. 'Surprise!'

31st Mar 2009, 23:42

OJ says:

Ps Viv quite right as usual.

31st Mar 2009, 23:44

Viv says:

Just adopting my Dad's philosophy :) He was pretty uncomplicated - just loved us all -impossible to play a game with - he always tried to tell you where you went wrong :)
but a simple strength, he had love

1st Apr 2009, 01:57