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wakanomori rightly suggested that we need the fading moonflower as well, evanescent as the dew that spangles it. Like the dew, fading as the sun rises.

Evanescent moonflower


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sartorias
Aug. 18th, 2016 02:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is quite lovely!
asakiyume
Aug. 18th, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, even wilting away, it's beautiful.
sovay
Aug. 18th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
wakanomori rightly suggested that we need the fading moonflower as well, evanescent as the dew that spangles it.

That's really beautiful.
asakiyume
Aug. 19th, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)
It's pretty in its deflation! Even when it deflated further, it ended up looking kind of like a rose.
oiktirmos
Aug. 19th, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
Forgive me for commenting repeatedly on your comments but you are always spot on.
The word spangles with respect to a flower at dawn is counterpoint to star spangled with respect to a flag surviving a heroic battle at dawn.
asakiyume
Aug. 19th, 2016 12:12 pm (UTC)
I think my primary association for spangles is with sparkly decorations on ballet costumes. So whether it's the night sky, or dew on a flower, or the national anthem--I think of all those images as comparing with the flashing sparkles on those costumes.
queenoftheskies
Aug. 18th, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
Even as it's fading, it still retains its beauty. Especially embellished with water drops.
asakiyume
Aug. 19th, 2016 03:01 am (UTC)
I agree!
pdlloyd
Aug. 19th, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)
¡Es magnífico!

It curves softly down, not yet touched by death's paintbrush.
asakiyume
Aug. 19th, 2016 03:01 am (UTC)
I'm appreciating the Spanish, which I can understand, though I don't feel like I have good replies yet!
pdlloyd
Aug. 19th, 2016 08:24 am (UTC)
Growing up in the Southwest has given me an advantage when it comes to Spanish. I've been exposed to it almost all my life. Some phrases, such as exclamations of pleasure or approval, are all around me. They don't even feel like using a different language.

Even so, despite being married for over a decade to a fluent Spanish speaker (my first husband), it has taken me many years to learn what feels very rudimentary when it comes to actual conversation. I had Spanish classes in elementary school which gave me some basics, but as my teacher for most of those years was someone I disliked, left me with a distaste for classes, even as I wanted to know more to be able to communicate with people around me. Fortunately, I had much better experiences in college. Now, I'm working on improving my ability to converse with folks. Tuesday, coming home on the train from a visit to my dad's, I had a fun exchange with one of the conductors. Even though my Spanish eventually gave out and we switched back to English, I was pleased with how much of the conversation I managed before that happened.
asakiyume
Aug. 19th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful about the conversation with the conductor! (And, sadly, a common experience with the teacher--not just in language classes, but in any class: a bad teacher can put you of the subject. Glad you were able to get new, better experiences to replace the old ones.)

I didn't have much trouble getting up nerve to try my initially quite rudimentary Japanese to speak to people when I was first in Japan because my Japanese was equal to or better than their English. But when I've been in Quebec, it's been hard to call on my French because I know that the people I'm speaking to can speak better English than I can speak French, and I feel embarrassed. I'm hoping to overcome that feeling with Spanish, because no doubt people's English will be better than my Spanish (once I get to the point of being able to say something other than that my cats drink milk).
pdlloyd
Aug. 20th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
Since almost all the Spanish speakers I meet speak far better English than I speak Spanish, I understand what you're saying. I just keep reminding myself that most people are touched to learn that someone has gone to the effort of learning even a little of their language. This is especially true, I think, in the US, where so few people do make that effort.
heliopausa
Aug. 19th, 2016 02:34 am (UTC)
It's definitely needed, and very lovely.
asakiyume
Aug. 19th, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm glad ♥
browngirl
Aug. 19th, 2016 05:37 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this beauty.
asakiyume
Aug. 19th, 2016 12:01 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
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