Today's post, photographed entirely by Malin Laney, was inspired by William Blake and his poem "The Sick Rose".
William Blake must have been the freest spirit to ever walk this earth. He saw creative expression as the best means of realizing one's spirituality. For him, literature and visual art were not separate crafts, but different sides of the same coin. He was both radical and innocent in his vision and deeply inspired by the natural world. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he openly spoke out against slavery and the subjugation of women. I think Blake realized that true freedom arrises through love and empathy.
"O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy."
A lady in a nursing home where I briefly volunteered said she had only one piece of advice for me: "Don't let nobody steal your joy-- and people are gonna try to steal your joy." What I didn't realize is how often those who wish to steal our joy aren't just outright haters, but come in the guise of our "friends" or "lovers." Like the rose, our joy makes us attractive to those invisible worms whose intentions are too flawed to give love without taking something greater. Identify those individuals and pluck them from your lives! Like the rose, grow some thorns but do not stop blooming.
And now for something completely different.... Hot pink nails are maybe my favorite, like this shade by Sinful Colors. I've found that regardless of the brand, neon nail polishes chip much faster than their muted counter parts. So this time I tried using a white coat underneath to see if it helps last longer. Will let you know.
Yes, I know my bra-strap is showing.
Although we were in the Owen Rose Garden, nothing was really in bloom yet.
(fyi: those are actually called beauty berries.)
(*1950s dress: Deluxe *Booties: Schuler and Sons Philadelphia * hot pink tights: local roller derby shop *vintage purse: Nest *necklace: the Jasmine Gallery)
(*vintage coat: thrifted)
Just showing off the lining of my coat.
I won this beautiful necklace made by the Jasmine Gallery from a contest on Yes and Yes. You'll be seeing a lot of it.
Creativity is the key. Be the rose, not the worm! Guard your own joy and don't steal it from others. Any other Blake fans out there? I would love to hear your interpretation of this poem.