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Poetry Friday : May 19, 2017.

Lavender.
Oh, —
— the color.
— the fragrance.
— the sound of the word.

All summer long, I enjoy my bed lavender. I can’t walk past it without breaking off a stem and rubbing it between my palms. In the cool of early summer mornings, I drink its intoxicating aroma. And in the sunlight, I watch the bees flit from blossom to blossom. I always have a hard time talking myself into cutting it to bundle and dry. But I know that if I do, it will be with me on a dreary, wintry day. And I must add, that even though I love lavender for its own sake, my little bit of lavender is extra special because it was planted by my son who lives in Ecuador.

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Lavender
Sweetly fragrant
Fresh and clean
Calming
Soothing

Lavender
Perfumes
Soaps
Fresheners
Beauty

Lavender
Cooking
. . . What?
Cooking? ?
Yes . . .
Cooking.

I was on a layover in Phoenix, browsing a novelty shop when I spotted a display of lavender products.

  • Lavender essential oil.
  • Lavender lip balm.
  • Lavender lotion.
  • Lavender shampoo.
  • Lavender soap.
  • A beauty bag filled with travel-sized lavender products.

And then I saw it. A small jar of culinary lavender. And nearby, the Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley.

I turned the book over in my hand and read,

“Sharon Shipley loves lavender, and she infuses her passion into over 120 intriguing recipes. It’s a must have for all lavender devotees.”

Well, I’m not sure I agree. I like looking at my lavender; I like breathing deeply of my lavender, but I’m not sure I want to consume any lavender.

But, still undecided, when I boarded my next flight, I was carrying a small brown bag stamped Los Poblanos, the Organic Lavender Farm with my new lavender cookbook and a small jar of culinary lavender wrapped in none else but lavender tissue paper.

lavender-cooking

Ah, …
… the color,
… the fragrance,
… the flavor,
… the sound of the word —
Lavender!

And just in case you’d like a bit more lavender . . .
And since this is Poetry Friday . . .
I’m sharing a link to Amy Ludwig VanDerwater April 2 post when she drew a lavender crayon and writes of a lavender sky.  I especially love how Amy shares her thinking and crafting of her poem, “Each Morning.”


Kiesha at Whispers from the Ridge is hosting
the Poetry Friday Roundup today.
Join us there!  Thank you, Kiesha!

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