Wednesday, August 15, 2007

~ Frangipani on Spotlight ~

Originally uploaded by Eric Lafforgue

How delicate
Is the light?
Pouring through
Within face of night
Aches of harmony
Lip silence in the dark
Reciting a silent symphony
Moonlight on Frangipani
Steals the light
Unburned pinch
Arousing the night

Copyright 2007 Nasra Al Adawi

The poem is written based on the photo by Eric Lafforgue posted in

"Frangipani is known by a plant Plumeria which produces flowers ranging from yellow to pink depending on form or cultivar. The common name "Frangipani" comes from an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess of which invented a plumeria-scented perfume. They are now common naturalised plants in southern and southeastern Asia, and in local folk beliefs provide shelter to ghosts and demons. The scent of the Plumeria has been associated with a vampire in Malay folklore, the pontianak. They are associated with temples in both Hindu and Buddhist cultures though Hindus do not use the flowers in their temple offerings.

In several Pacific islands, such as Hawaii and Tonga, Plumeria is used for making leis. The flower is also, in Hawaiian culture, worn by women to indicate relationship status - over the right ear if seeking a relationship, and over the left if taken." Quoted from

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Blogger Meticulousness said...

You never cease to make me smile, Nasra

12:54 AM  
Blogger Alan Summers said...

Nice ekphrastic touches!

4:49 AM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

i love this flower and i love your poem i think its beautiful and one of your finest i think

5:44 AM  
Blogger Janice Thomson said...

'Unburned pinch
Arousing the night'

Love this phrasing. Beautiful as always Nasra.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Blue Sky said...

A Frangipani tree is beautiful in full bloom. :)

Wishing you well, Nasra.

- Liz

4:40 AM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

I love frangipani.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Don Iannone said...

marvelous poem, nasra. you have the touch!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Thanks for visiting. I will have flower pictures for the next several months.

Lovely poem, frangipani is one of my favorite scents.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Amias said...

Interesting poem.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Frangipani is a lovely flower

3:34 AM  
Blogger polona said...

it is always a delight to visit your site.
thank you for the beauty you share.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Alok said...

Came thru Janice's blog ...

"Pouring through
Within face of night
Aches of harmony
Lip silence in the dark

very vivid


7:53 AM  
Blogger "Angeldust" said...

wonderful use of words

learned the name of lie flowers... and plumeria traditions also - thank you Nasra

10:50 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Beautiful, what ells to say...

I love how your mind works.

Wishing you a beautiful day my friend,

5:12 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

I like it. Photo's really intense too, they go well together.

Really nice and thoughtful poem on Kevinek on Krystyna's blog that you left -

7:31 AM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

where are you??

11:25 AM  

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