Magnolia

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.


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

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