Love is in the Water


G'ma's beautiful flowers!

Reading about Japanese courtly love during the Heian Period has turned my thoughts towards a tale I heard while in Turkey. I don’t recall all of the details, but essentially it involved lovers sitting in a garden beside a river conducting clandestine conversations by gathering bunches of flowers and taking turns tossing the blossoms into the flowing water. Each flower held a secret meaning, so the drifting petals composed discrete dialogues with each floating flower answering the next. What an elegant, peculiar, beautiful form of courtship… (1/18/05)

(Originally posted on my old blog, Interim Arts, on May 30, 2013)


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