Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Route Of Evanescense

I found a dead hummingbird and buried it beneath the hibiscus with an upturned hibiscus flower to mark the spot.

A Route of Evanescence
With a revolving Wheel --
A Resonance of Emerald --
A Rush of Cochineal --
And every Blossom on the Bush
Adjusts its tumbled Head --
The mail from Tunis, probably,
An easy Morning’s Ride --


~Emily Dickenson~

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/
In case you missed it and equally fascinating is the link to cochineal at wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochineal



4 comments:

Debi Cates said...

Finding a hummingbird that has passed on must be akin to finding a dead fairy -- how rare! I love the E.D. poem (of course) and I never knew that cochineal was made from insects. You are always so full of interesting information, Mom.

Katlynn's Momma said...

Mom is right about finding the hummingbird. Is there a meaning to the hibiscus?

Audrey said...

Really sad. =(

Grannie said...

The hummingbirds like my hibiscus and are attracted to the red. It is just a beautiful flower and is suitable for burying a hummingbird.