Monday, June 30, 2008

On Brief Beauty

This from one of my favorite fiction authors, Laurie R. King who writes the Mary Russell novels, accounts of Sherlock Holme's adventures with his young wife. This book was not from that series, and is called Touchstone:

"...My mother had a wisteria trained over the front door of one of the houses we lived in. Used to have one great load of purple blossoms every year in the spring, then drop them all and never do anything the rest of the year. I remember asking her once why she didn't plant something that bloomed for longer, and she said that the whole point of it was the brevity of the beauty, that it made you think about it all year."

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