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Open, Close Them**







Dried flower at 7 am



Dried flower at 10 am



I don't know how this flower, with only the remembrance of being alive, decides when to open and close, but somehow it does.

**Title line comes from this song for toddlers. Hand motions accompany it--opening hands when it says "open," closing them when it says "close them"

Open, close them
Open, close them
Give a little clap-clap-clap

Open, close them
Open, close them
Put them in your lap



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sartorias
Jul. 24th, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
Will it open if you stick it in water?
asakiyume
Jul. 24th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'll have to experiment and find out! It's a dried flower (now--it started off fresh), so I haven't had occasion to, but I should try.
heliopausa
Jul. 24th, 2016 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's eerie!


(and I remember that song from when I was little - though we sang "Open, shut them" and "Lay them in your lap", and had another verse.)

Edited at 2016-07-24 10:28 pm (UTC)
asakiyume
Jul. 25th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yes--I think we said "shut them" too, not "close them"--thanks for the reminder! And it's quite possible the line about the lap was as you said it. Very faulty memory here!
queenoftheskies
Jul. 24th, 2016 10:49 pm (UTC)
I remember that song from when I taught kindergarten!!!

I love dried flowers.
asakiyume
Jul. 25th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love nursery rhymes.
c_maxx
Jul. 24th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
Amazing!
asakiyume
Jul. 25th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Pretty neat, right?
sovay
Jul. 25th, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)
I don't know how this flower, with only the remembrance of being alive, decides when to open and close, but somehow it does.

I am reminded of the Countess' rose from Angela Carter's "The Lady of the House of Love."
asakiyume
Jul. 25th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC)
I don't know the story--was the rose also no longer living?
sovay
Jul. 25th, 2016 07:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know the story--was the rose also no longer living?

Yes; it's a withered rose from the castle of a vampire, whom the young man did not know was a vampire when he stopped for the night and met her and changed everything. He puts it in a glass of water and it comes back to life, a monstrous beauty of a flower with a decadent perfume, an omen of bloodshed to come. The story is in Carter's collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (1979).
asakiyume
Jul. 25th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
Woah! I like the perfume detail--very Rappacini's Daughter.
sovay
Jul. 26th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
Woah! I like the perfume detail--very Rappacini's Daughter.

I recommend the entire collection, but that story is one of the standouts. It was the first thing by Carter I ever read.
pdlloyd
Jul. 25th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
Does it do this every day? I love the idea of the flower opening and closing with the setting and rising of the sun. So much of our world is magical.
asakiyume
Jul. 26th, 2016 12:36 am (UTC)
It does--it's in its petals-all-flattened-back-like-windswept-hair look for the day, then relaxes into what was once its open-flower form for the night.
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