Thursday, February 14, 2013

WHAT'S THE STORY, MORNING GLORY?




Design for a brooch/pendant with heart-shaped stone 
framed by a morning glory vine  
Original drawing by Gustav Manz, c. 1900
(Mathews family collection)


Asagao ni 
     Tsurube torarete,

Morai-midzu


The morning glory

    has seized my well-bucket,

Gift-water


—Kaga no Chiyo-ni "The Asagao" (Morning-Face)


The story: One morning, the poet Chiyo-ni (1703-75) found her water pail floating in her well, and the rope entwined by morning glory tendrils. Rather than disturb the plant, she went out and begged water from her neighbors




Gustav Manz morning glory watch pin
Gold, platinum, diamond
 c. 1900  

That I walk up my stoop, I pause to consider if it really be

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the

metaphysics 

of books.


—Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"

          

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