Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Apples of gold in settings of silver

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11.

=Apple, the fruit of Eve.
="The apple of your eye."
=A symbol, along with honey, of a sweet New Year.
=Inspiration to Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation.
=In Arthurian legend, the mythical isle of Avalon’s name is believed to mean "isle of apples".
=Danish folklore says that apples wither around adulterers.
=Apples are said to increase a woman's chances of conception.
=In Ancient Greece, a man throwing an apple to a woman was a proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

From a hill I watched
the apple blossoms breathe the silver
out of the night
like fish eating
the spheres of air
out of the river.
So the illuminated night fed
the sleeping orchards entering
the vault of branches like
a holy procession.
--Gates of Prayer

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