Saturday, February 2, 2008

of roses and beasts

scented rose in our garden

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

- an excerpt from somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond
by E. E. Cummings

i love this poem of e.e.cummings... it makes me think of something intense yet fragile... something ephemeral and yet, the memory, the impression, the emotion it evokes is quite lasting --- like a rose, or love, or life...

if i remember right, this poem was also used in the tv series the Beauty and the Beast. i find it positively appropriate for the show (which i happen to like and watch every opportunity i could)... plus the song the first time i loved forever... these elements, put together, made me wish for my own beast during my younger years...

well, until now, i still prefer a"beast" rather than a "prince charming"... (the latter is too good to be true for my taste)... and i find the beast considerably more human than the stereotype prince with his almost perfect traits... more so, for i'm no beauty and i do have many faults... i believe i'll end up miserable with a prince because i'll keep finding myself inadequate and full of flaws... with my beast, i know i can be myself and still be accepted without any feeling of coming up short... with him, i know i'll be fully loved and respected for who i am... in addition, those who have known sufferings and loneliness can better appreciate the joys and contentment life can offer... well, that's just me talking.

anyway, why the photo of a rose?... well, it's the image used in the poem... one of the core elements in the fairy tale story... and why this particular rose?... because i like its subtle color, its delicate fragrance, its fragile petals... it reminds me of the above-mentioned poem... of the lonely beast whose beautiful spirit is waiting to be found...

well, there goes my rambling thoughts :)...


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