Monday, 18 May 2009

When jasmine last on the back-fence bloom'd

Tradesman's Lane, Glebe

The paper-fragile waste of shawl
draped her shoulder with thin warmth
Milky blue eyes probed his face
For denial of her corroding fabric.

For Lesley

12 comments:

Lois said...

It's beautiful Julie! I can almost smell that jasmine.

Jacob said...

Love jasmine. Certainly gives the fence a nice cover.

That is the chicken said...

What gorgeous colours. It always amazes me how rust and decay can be so beautiful.

Clueless in Boston said...

Nice colors.

Saretta said...

Corroding fabric is right! :-)

Joan Elizabeth said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Rusty fences are just so photogenic. But your treatment of it is what makes it special. Can hardly wait to see what you do on your bush trip.

brattcat said...

what a beautiful post, Julie. the snippet of poetry, the title, and the bookmatched photos. it's like opening a little gift this morning.

Virginia said...

Ahhh, we've gone on the same track again. I have a rusty bulding like this one in my drafts. Lovely words as always.
V

altadenahiker said...

One of my favorite scents, along with osmanthus fragrans, magnolia coco, and citrus blossoms.

Julie said...

As JE knows full well, I adore rust, and lichen, and mould - most forms of decay really. I am also collecting perfumed plants in my garden: murraya, daphne, gardenia and am aiming for a pink jasmine - just need to be able to control it.

Have googled the osmanthus fragrans and its common name is a Chinese Tea Olive. Its flowers are reminiscent of the murraya and also of the Chinese Star Jasamina.

Laneways are one of my favourite haunts.

PJ said...

I have a collection of corrugated tin/iron. It's sitting in a pile while I decide what to do with it. Lately I've been thinkging of a fence. This may have tipped things in that direction for good.

Julie said...

Between JE and myself you probably got hammered into submission. When it is constructed let us have a look - okay?