Wednesday Vignette – behind bars

IMG_7081Somewhere in the far windings of my addled brain, I vaguely remember a skit from a Swedish 70’s variety show (HasseåTage’s Svea Hund, 1976) where the Vegetables were taunting the Rose for just being “beautiful”, and not at all “useful”.  The Dandelion waltzes in. The Vegetables like him even less than they like the Rose, as – to their thinking – he is neither useful, nor beautiful. The Rose argues otherwise, and defends the Dandelion as both handsome and useful. There was more to it of course, but I could not find the clip showing the actual inspiration for this post. (It’s apparently available online, but only viewable in Sweden.) The point of the skit is that without beauty, the soul will wither, and starve. As flowers and other features of the vegetative kingdom bring beauty, they can soften the hard edges of our lives and make our existence more tolerable.

Lately, I have been fantasizing about life behind bars. (Not necessarily for me, but I can think of several I’d like to see locked up.) The barrage of images of random arrests on the streets of Portland, by federal police (or whatever/whomever they are) in riot gear, keeps that vision rather real. On three separate nights in the past week or so, I have heard helicopters hovering over our neighborhood, and police trying to break up mostly peaceful, late night protests mere blocks from our house, declaring them “riots” over the loudspeakers.  It’s been pretty surreal. So, as I’m beyond appalled at the state of the union, I figured riffing on the idea that our world can be made less harsh and more palatable with plants, might help brighten the dark corners of my gobsmacked soul.  I imagine these lovely Liatris serving their useful function as jail bars, protecting me from those who wish to exert their power over me and other citizens who too might be waking up to the fact that authoritarianism is not quite what we want in a “democracy”. Can you see it? After all, a pattern is a pattern, is a pattern…. right?


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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12 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – behind bars

  1. I feel for you, Anna – and for the rest of the world

  2. Tina says:

    Gee, Anna–who do you want to see behind bars?

    I’ve been wondering how you are and like you, am appalled, but not really surprised at this latest bit of un-American activity promoted by He Who Must Not Be Named and his cabal. The next months are going to be horrendous.

    You photo is lovely, though, full of hope with that sunshine. Hang in there! I hope my WV will give you a giggle:

  3. Yes indeed, I can see it. And I really love your description of that long ago television show skit.

    My WV is pure escapism….

  4. Kris P says:

    Yes, a pattern is a pattern and that person in the white house has one, even if now he’s suddenly singing a new tune on the pandemic because someone has finally convinced him that he can’t win an election on a “law and order” banner while ignoring the worst public health crisis in a century. Why don’t the people who protest incursions on their “right” not to wear a mask see what’s happening with unidentified troops in Portland as the true risk to their rights under the Constitution? It amazes, saddens and infuriates me by turn. Now that I’ve completed by mid-morning rant, here’s my more mellow WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      I completely agree, Kris. The recent deployment of ragtag, NOID, federal law enforcers to stir up mayhem in our midst has weighed heavier on my mind than even the rampant spread of C19. I see his change of tune as yet another insincerity being hurled our way. Besides, it’s far too little, and far too late, and better left ignored. All we can do is be as safe as we can, tell everyone we know they need to vote, and do our own research to do the same. Vote, vote, VOTE! (15 weeks left…)

  5. hb says:

    When you allow the border guards to treat immigrants in an inhumane way, and then sic them on protestors, they treated the protesters inhumanely as well. What a mess!

    My Liatris just started flowering a few days ago. A little touch of prairie!

  6. annamadeit says:

    It is SUCH a mess… Feel I should be down there protesting too, but am held back (temporarily, because I’m getting close to the boiling point) by the fact that we truly still in the middle of a pandemic. Thinking about those caged kids at the border makes me go into mama bear mode… What a bunch of cruel, inhumane crooks we have become. Stare long and hard into your beautiful Liatris, hb, and escape a while. I know I need a daily dose of beauty to stay afloat. Take good care!

  7. The whole situation is unreal. However, I cling to the belief that with these provocations Trump is just digging his own grave even deeper.

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