Some of my current pile of library books to read

“I see you, rose, half-open book filled
with so many pages of that detailed
happiness we will never read.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

The titles in my pile of books:

  • Findings: Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World by Kathleen Jamie
  • When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilyn Robinson
  • Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea and Japan by F. H. King
  • Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama

(I was inspired to check two of these books out of the library after reading Sigrun’s list of books about nature, solitude, and travel on her blog, Sub Rosa.  You can link to her complete list here.)

Souls in Bloom

June 22, 2012

Pink roses in bloom

“Summer: to be for a few days the contemporary of roses; to breathe what’s floating around their souls in bloom.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke

How lucky we are to be alive in June, the contemporaries and companions of roses!  This time I am air-drying a bowlful of soulful rose petals so that their special beauty will linger into fall and winter.

Rose petals from Carol’s fragrant bouquet

A potpourri of multicolored rose petals