The ink is black
The page is white
Together we learn to read and write
A child is black
A child is white
A whole world looks upon the sight
A beautiful sight
I unexpectedly noticed the delicious looking berries of Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ last week and immediately visualised them in a vase with the contrasting white berries of the ‘devil’s plant’ Symphoricarpos albus. Once picked, I couldn’t keep the lyrics of ‘The ink is black‘ from going round and round in my head, hence the title; after choosing the background colour, however, these thoughts were replaced by the joke ‘What’s black and white and red all over?’ (a book/newspaper), but that potential title will have to wait for another vase.
The reference to writing made the choice of vase and prop easy – a little glass inkwell and vintage fountain pen. I am sure the pen is very similar to those I used in my early days at school, which I clearly remember being in a marbled shade of early plastic (makes me sound ancient but the pens had probably been around far longer than I had); sadly I never ended up with the shade I coveted, nor the opportunity to be ink monitor and pour ink into the inkwells of my classmates…
I am sure most people have other things to do today rather than finding something to pop into a vase or reading about other people popping things into vases, but for those who do visit IAVOM today may I wish you peace and joy as we move towards the end of this year and on to the unknowns of 2020.
ps I suspect the ‘glowing’ snowberries are due to a dirty camera lens and not some strange phosphorescent phenomenon of symphoricarpos