Rainer Maria Rilke: Early Spring

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Pierre Bonnard: Early Spring (Little Fauns) /wikipaintings.org

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,

hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Poetry: Maiden of the Rainbow

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Octavio Ocampo: Mouth of Flower /wikipaintings.org

Pohyola’s fair and winsome daughter,
Glory of the land and water,
Sat upon the bow of heaven,
On its highest arch resplendent,
In a gown of richest fabric,
In a gold and silver air-gown,
Weaving webs of golden texture,
Interlacing threads of silver;
Weaving with a golden shuttle,
With a weaving-comb of silver;
Merrily flies the golden shuttle,
From the maiden’s nimble fingers,
Briskly swings the lathe in weaving,
Swiftly flies the comb of silver,
From the sky-born maiden’s fingers,
Weaving webs of wondrous beauty.

 

Pohyola = Norden

– from poem 8:  Maiden of the Rainbow
of The Kalevala (national epic of Finland)  /
translation by John Martin Crawford, (1888)

By the way: The Kalevala – its influence on Tolkien,
Tolkien and the Kalevala (links corrected)

 

Flower Symbolism: Mystical Orchid

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Odilon Redon: Strange Orchid /wikipaintings.org

Orchid

Deep in the valley, a beauty hides:
Serene, peerless, incomparably sweet.
In the still shade of the bamboo thicket
It seems to sigh softly for a lover.

– Taigu Ryokan

I seem to be bumping into orchids so often (or they into me), so I´m sharing the pleasure with you all.

General symbolic meanings of orchid: Love, beauty, sensuality, mature charm, fertility, virility, feminine-masuline balance, luxury and reaching the full potential.

More about orchid (and other flower) meanings:

Orchid Flower Meaning http://www.buzzle.com/articles/orchid-flower-meaning.html, Orchid Meanings http://livingartsoriginals.com/flower-orchid.htm

orchids

when two people
understand each other
in their innermost hearts
their words are sweet
like the fragrance
of orchids

– lisa hancox

Orchids in Bloom

In all things thought seen…
The world has once again conspired
Culminating in a soft petals bloom
Capturing, the eye of man
Illuminating hope in the darkest room

It is this spark, this aura, this radiance
This ignition of inner quality
Amid viscus conflagrations, striking in its purity
Breaching through your outer identity
Nascent, your inner beauty shines, intensely

Lighting the path of life and love

– Marcus McKinley

 

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source of poems: poemhunter.com

Image 2: worldpaperswide.com

Inspiration: Art and Intuition

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I was trying to choose a piece of art of Odilon Redon (1840 – 1916, France) to post and found myself being drawn to several ones. Afterwards the golden light of this Wheel of Fortune image kept resonating in my energy field and when I closed my eyes I also saw golden, smooth flashes of energy staying swirling. So, I chose to pick it. Feel free to pick the ones according to your own resonance here: http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/odilon-redon

A couple of lovely quotes of the artist from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odilon_Redon

“My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined.”

Odilon Redon wanted to “place the visible at the service of the invisible”.

“I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased.”

 

Image source:  wikipaintings.org