A Bit of the Field on my Table
Nature has always nurtured humans with breath-taking beauty. The sort of beauty that sure melts the heart – impeccable, wild but tender bloom of seasonal flowers. Isn’t it interesting how flower power can set the style and tone for an occasion? With every change and challenge, nature’s bounty ascends the height, transforms the seasons with fragrance and color.
Anne Sexton proudly writes:
A bit of the field on my table,
Close to the worms
Who struggle blinding,
Moving deep into their slime,
Moving deep into God’s abdomen,
Moving like oil through water,
Sliding through the good brown.
The daisies grow wild
They are God’s promise to the field.
Excerpt from her poem: The Fury of Flowers and Worms
Man transforms Nature and made Culture
Across time, people have associated meanings to celebrate this perfection. From the African continent to Asia, to the Middle East and Europe, flowers have served medicinal purposes, used to grace an occasion or celebrate people.
It seems generally accepted among most cultures, with some exceptions of course, that white flowers represent wholesome and purity and unconditional love. It is rumored that the Russians keep their yellow flowers for funeral and break-ups. No kidding! While the beautiful Ratchaphruek (royal tree) flower, small and yellowish, is one of Thai’s national flowers known to bloom at the end of the cool season. In this culture, yellow is perceived as the color of glory, harmony, and unity.
China shares a crush on the Daffodil flower, associating it with “good fortune.” While in Japan, the same flower is associated with “Mirth and Joyousness.” Lotus, however, stands for beauty in Vietnam. The kind of beauty that overcomes darkness.
Lastly, Roses. Frank Stanton playfully writes:
“This old world that we’re livin’ in
Is might hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every Rose
But – ain’t the roses sweet?”
The Greeks, however, loved and cultivated their roses. Derived from a legend, their association to the rose flower is more of a cupid’s arrow and an expression of romance. The Greeks myth is that “Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, saw her lover, Adonis, mortally wounded by a wild bear. Bewildered by this view, she hastened to his side and from the mixture of his blood and her tears grew a superb, fragrant, blood-red rose.” Short gist: Rose symbolizes love and romance, admiration, passion, friendship, and purity.
Numbers, too, have a say in this matter, and it can be confusing. One thing, though, is without an ambiguity…..Chocolate!