For my part, i have always loved flowers. And plants as well. As earlier stated, the Madurai Malli has been a personal favourite.
Many a picture has been clicked from my camera. Many an incomplete poem resides : half in paper, half in my mind. A few posts have also found their way on to this blog ! Today, i was in an institution where i spotted this.
And of course, wondered, if i can ever continue to do all what i do. Read that carefully. There are twenty-four items that the reader is asked not to do. This left me staring in open mouthed awe.
If you really wanted to do something bad to a flower or a plant, you could. Couldn’t you ! But, in 24 different ways ! Phew !
I wonder if all of this was thought through and made at one go. Or one statement over a period of time, has expanded to become as all-encompassing as possible !
And that includes ‘borrow, break, pinch..’ etc. The essence however resides in the last line. Which states ‘touch’ !But wait a minute. How can you borrow, break, pinch, endanger, mutilate etc…without touching ?
Did they get to see my snaps ? Or worse, did they read my poems ? Did someone complain ? Or are there many like me ?
And i thought, the only thing that you could do with a flower was to let it be ! Ssshhh..! Dont say that aloud. Twenty five ways’ has a nice ring to it.
Twenty four ways are scary enough !