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The Crystal Vessel

Etched upon a crystal vase
these words round the base,

"Beauty in things
exists in the mind
which contemplates them."*.

Resting gently inside the vessel
are long strong stems 
and rising above the mouth,
ringed by dainty baby's breath
and fanned by the forest's
green lace, are tight rosy buds
that have begun to ease open, 
to bloom passionate pastels
with velvet grace,
soon to fade and fall.

In my mind, no denying,
living things, lovely in their dying.

                 ~~Judi Van Gorder


  *David Hume 1711-1776 Of Tragedy

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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Muchly enjoyed Judi. A Keatsian appreciation of transience and paradox in the mindset. Particularly enjoyed the structure and progression of the write.


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Judi, the poem is concise, succinct. It's more than a still life; your own quote at the end seems to strangely coincide with and contradict Hume's philosophical expression near the beginning. Very nice work.

Now, where would you get such a vase, and who's been bringing you flowers?


Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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Circle of life. "Lovely in their dying". Your way is better.  🙂

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David W. Parsley

Lush imagery, sonically pleasing.

 - Dave

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On top of the beautiful description of the vase is a powerful ending. I love the poem.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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