Just the other day my best friend shared this gem of an ee cummings poem with me that I had not come across before. His erotic poetry somehow always manages to come across with a hint of innocence, sensual not smutty.
Lady,i will touch you with my mind.
Touch you and touch and touch
until you give
me suddenly a smile,shyly obscene
(lady i will
touch you with my mind.)Touch
you,that is all,
lightly and you utterly will become
with infinite care
the poem which i do not write.
Gentlemen, Valentines day may be behind us but I can guarantee that is poem with some flowers sent to the one you love ‘just because’ will make her happier than you can imagine. I don’t think men realise just how amazing it is to receive flowers, particularly for no better reason than because he is thinking of you.
Here are a two more of cumming’s sensual poems that I recommend:
The second one is one of my top five cummings poems – I don’t have a favorite, just a favorite for different occasions. I don’t think there is a better way to describe how close you feel to someone by saying I like my body when it’s with your body.
The title of this post is completely ironic because both my sister and I have, what she has termed, fingers of death. That is direct contrast to green fingers; fingers that give life. Very simply neither of us is able to keep any kind of plant alive. Even those that are supposed to be able to withstand nuclear fallout somehow perish within a week or two of coming into contact with us. The beautiful mint and sunflowers you see in the photos below are on their last legs, and I have recently thrown away what was left of two once-blooming hydrangeas. The two plants that my boyfriend gave me when he moved are miraculously still with me although it has been touch-and-go several times.
As inept as I may be at looking after them, I love to photograph them. There is no limit to the satisfaction I get from their shapes, colours and patterns and the intricate details that are made revealed to you if you pay attention. I hope that sometime soon I will also acquire a macro lens to really do them justice. They are also ideal for a novice photographer to practice on – they don’t move (unless they are in the wind), they are beautiful, and they can be found everywhere.
While plants may seem like an obvious choice for photographs, they may seem less so for television. A few months ago I watched a documentary about the life of Sir David Attenborough and one of the revolutionary things he did was to propose plants as a subject for nature documentaries. No one before him had thought of this and most did not think it would work; but by using accelerated footage David Attenborough was able to show plants in a completely new light.
I think it is remarkable how they grow and live so silently – we are so accustomed to the essence of life being noisy and volatile. Of course, if they are my plants they don’t grow and live for very long…
Disclaimer: Not all of the plants you see here are owned by me, so most of them are still alive…