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A flower's fragrance declares to all the world that it is fertile,

available, and desirable, its sex organs oozing with nectar.

Its smell reminds us in vestigial ways of fertility, vigor, life-force,

all the optimism, expectancy, and passionate bloom of youth.

We inhale its ardent aroma and, no matter what our ages,

we feel young and nubile in a world aflame with desire.

- Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses, 1990, p. 13

 

Taken in front of the Mansion House, Baguio City, Philippines

 

The World's Like a Flower

 

The world’s like a flower

Either fallen or grown

The leaves cover secrets

And the pedals are shown

We're like a flower

 

The world's like a rose

Every rose has its thorns

If we make a mistake

The skin gets torn

We're like a flower

 

The world's like a daisy

Pretty and bright

We all have our colors

But in a way we're just right

We're like a flower

 

The world's like a flower

All the thorns will pass through

The world's like a flower

Just waiting to bloom

 

-by Free Faller

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Taken on November 16, 2006