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To Dance In the Rain

Red Flower Rain Cuff Front Resized

It is the last day of May, the end of an unusually cold month here: Only a few days ago, the mercury was still falling below the freezing mark overnight, and it has reached eighty only once. Normally, this would have been a month for planting, and for watching the early flowers bloom, but this year is different. One sprig of lilacs opened this morning for the first time, and save the purple blooms of the Guatemalan sage, the coral trumpets of the honeysuckle vine, and a few pink and white wildflowers, we have had exactly one brave red flower open itself up to the world.

That flower is gone now — its annual lifespan is short at the best of times, shorter still in the face of freezing winds. But while it was with us, it stood strong and scarlet, one bright poppy dancing in the shafts of light filtering through the small stand of young aspens that served as its sheltering home.

Sometimes, freedom and joy are ephemeral . . . but they are no less worth living fully for that.

The poppy’s presence-turned-absence put me in mind of one of Wings’s works that holds the spirit, and indeed the name, of red blossoms. Today, it seems more fitting still, as the skies coalesce into a dove-gray mass and lower themselves closer to the earth, holding out the hope and promise of rain later, if we are lucky. From its description in the relevant section of the Bracelets Gallery here on the site:

Red Flower Rain Cuff Side 1 Resized

Red Flower Rain Cuff Bracelet

A monumental cabochon of red flower jasper serves as the focal point of this magnificent unisex cuff. The stone, a warm, earthy rose shade with a mulberry and charcoal matrix of dendritic wildflower blossoms, is set into an elevated scalloped bezel, trimmed with twisted silver, and accented with a tiny chatoyant tiger’s eye cabochon at one side. The cuff, wide and weighty, features a hand-stamped row of matched thunderhead symbols chased along the center of the band, flanked at either edge by a single row of thunderheads. The band itself tapers slightly at either end for a comfortable fit. In the inner band, morning stars and other celestial symbols are scattered like constellations tossed across the pre-dawn sky. Band is 1-11/16″ across, narrowing to 1-3/8″ at either end; the bezel is slightly wider, 1-7/8″ long by 1.25″ wide; the visible portion of the stone is 1.5″ long by 1-1/8″ wide (dimensions approximate). Other views shown above and at the link.

Sterling silver; red flower jasper
$1,550 + shipping, handling, and insurance

While in most places a rainy day is seen as something to endure at best, better to avoid entirely, in this place, it is always a gift. If we take to heart the lessons of the red flower, solitary and otherwise, we too will find occasion to dance in the rain.

~ Aji





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