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"Flower In The Crannied Wall" [Apr. 25th, 2009|10:12 am]
Tony Grist


Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower -but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.

Tennyson
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-04-25 02:15 pm (UTC)
Perfect photo for the poem. It almost looks like a painting!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-25 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2009-04-25 03:20 pm (UTC)
lovely
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-25 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

FITCW is one of those poems that sticks like a burr. So simple- and yet once read, never forgotten.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2009-04-25 09:00 pm (UTC)
Cranesbill, isn't it? Lovely.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-25 09:19 pm (UTC)
I don't actually know, but I'm sure you're right.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2009-04-25 09:30 pm (UTC)
Well, either that or Herb Robert; they look rather alike, or at least the strain of cranesbill native to this area looks rather like H.R., and if none of the flowers have gone to seed yet can best be told apart by the scent of the foliage. (Herb Robert isn't called Stinking Robert for nothing!)

You know me; ever the wild plant nerd. ;) Anyway the photo is quite lovely, and very evocative.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-26 08:01 am (UTC)
I've just popped out to have a sniff- and it smells rather nice- faintly aromatic- so I guess it can't be Herb Robert. :)
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2009-04-27 03:52 am (UTC)
Hee! Nope. Herb Robert has a musty smell, and when crushed smells like a damp basement full of mice. Probably cranesbill, then.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2009-04-25 11:48 pm (UTC)
How beautiful... the flowers and the poem!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-26 08:01 am (UTC)
Thanks.

Wish I'd written it.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2009-04-26 03:17 pm (UTC)
Oh... me too!
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-04-26 02:12 am (UTC)
Beautiful plant, great photo, lovely poem.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-04-26 08:02 am (UTC)
Thanks.

It's a catchy little poem. Once heard, never forgotten.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2009-05-01 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. Lovely.

(Little lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?)
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