This week, I utilized three unique vases and paired them with books that reflect perceived themes of the vases. Then, I let the mind loose to come up with floral interpretations of those elements.
The chunky bud vase with the slanted top appears to be from Roseville of Ohio, but I’m not certain. The interesting shape of the vase coupled with it’s grassy detail suggest Americana. Immediately an antique book of American culture from an earlier time came to mind. The resulting grouping of wheat stems and a solitary sunflower were the natural result.
The oval vase with splotchy detailed glaze is topped with a woven grass detail. This made me think of South Asia, so my copy of the Bhagavad Gita was the obvious choice. The expansive, epic story is reflected in the eclectic varied collection of floral elements.
The yellow vase is detailed with a measuring ruler. The vase suggests schooling. A Stalin era Soviet textbook partners for the practical theme. The trio of lilies represents our inborn yearning for freedom from indoctrination.
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders this verse from the poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqubal:
“I am a hidden meaning made to defy.
The grasp of words, and walk away
With free will and destiny.
As living, revolutionary clay.”