Zantedeschia aethiopica Calla Lily

March 29, 2009

Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies no justice does this picture bring to that which makes the heart sing

Emily Dickinson wrote this poem about the lily’s development – “forgets its humble earlier state when it was a bulb covered with mold,” writes Judith Farr in her book, “The Gardens of Emily Dickinson”.  “Then with its bell, it ‘swings’ like  bell in the meadow, ectastic as a mystic who has been formed by the spiritual life.  Indeed the calla lily’s “cowl” recalls a monk’s,”  says Ms. Farr.

Through the Dark Sod – as Education –

The Lily passes sure –

Feels her white foot – no trepidation –

Her faith – no fear –

Afterward – in the Meadow –

Swinging her Beryl Bell –

The mold-life – all forgotten – now –

In Extasy – and Dell


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