1 March 2017

The chandelier of the garden
is the magnolia. Bare elegant
arms stretch to hold the lights.
Finial not above like a waiting
weapon but rooted in earth.
Each cupped hand holds a pale
green bobeche with a bulb
not yet open. Purple outer
sepals protect the luminous
petals within. The magnolia
chandelier could be hung
in the ceiling of a pre-dawn
spring night. Once bloomed
the petals will drop leaving
the stamen, an exposed
filament, orange with pollen.

In response to The Door is Open by Nicholas Folland, 2006,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

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