Flowering Sleep

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Neither of us has been able to do any gardening this year

which has been beneficial for the garden

there are so many flowers blooming

it is dizzying to behold

the scents are amazing

and the sound of thousands of insects enjoying the bounty is deafening at times

one of the more prolific flowers in the garden this year is the opium poppy…

they are tall

with pale leaves spiraling like a staircase for tiny beings

and the flowers are beautiful

I have no idea how they got here… what a wonderful surprise!

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“Here was the secret of happiness, about which philosophers had disputed for so many ages, at once discovered; happiness might now be bought for a penny, and carried in the waistcoat-pocket; portable ecstasies might be had corked up in a pint-bottle; and peace of mind could be sent down by the mail.”
― Thomas de Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater

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