Der bunte Staub / The Multi-Coloured Dust

Der bunte Staub

Der bunte Staub auf meinem Fensterbrett
– ein Häufchen Blütenblätter, ausgebleicht –
verwandelt sich im Abendsonnenlicht
in einen Schatz, dem kein Geschmeide gleicht.

Christina Egan © 2014

Little vase with flowers in lemon yellow, pale blue, deep pink and red; some petals scattered beneath; garden in background.

The Multi-Coloured Dust

The multi-coloured dust flocks on my desk 
– a heap of petals fading gradually –
gets now transformed by sunshine from the West
into a hoard surpassing jewellery.

Christina Egan © 2015

You can also find petals decaying to dust in the
German hymn Spiritum Sanctum vivificantem.

Photograph: Christina Egan © 2013


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