Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Flowers: Days of Wine and Roses

White dahlias

Vitae Summa Brevis

They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate;
I think they will have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:

Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream

White Dahlia

After highlighting roses throughout the summer, I couldn't do it again. Instead, our focus is on the "Angel of August", the white dahlia. Symbolic of elegance and dedication, it's an auspicious beauty to start off the month.

So, why the title of this post? We're celebrating the birth date of Ernest Dowson, featuring one of his most famous phrases. Anyways, it's closer to our premise than "gone with the wind". ;-)

So, let's listen to some music inspired by Dowson's verse and imagery.

"Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini

"Cynara" by Frederick Delius, baritone solo: John Shirley-Quirk

"Always True to You in My Fashion" by Cole Porter, performed by Julie London


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