Sunday, June 02, 2013

Wild rose of June

The first wild rose in wayside hedge,
This year I wandering see,
I pluck, and send it as a pledge,

My own Wild Rose, to Thee.

For when my gaze first met thy gaze,
We were knee-deep in June:
The nights were only dreamier days,
And all the hours in tune.

I found thee, like the eglantine,
Sweet, simple, and apart;
And, from that hour, your smile has been
The flower that scents my heart.

And, ever since, when tendrils grace
Young copse or weathered bole;
With rosebuds, straight I see thy face,
And gaze into thine soul.

Go, wild rose, to my Wild Rose dear;
Bid her come swift and soon.
O would that She were always here!
It then were always June. 

--Alfred Austin

I've never been one for much poetry.  Which seems strange, knowing how I love classic literature and historical epics and beautifully crafted words.  But somehow, when language leaves the realm of solid, grounded prose and starts ending each phrase in a rhyme, it always strikes me as just a little bit comical.  Alright, nearly always.  There are those poems that strike fire into my heart, and I love them.  
But for the most part, when you take something as romantic and sweet as a wild rose and start monologuing on about it in rhyming couplets, you're guaranteed to end up with a large pail of sap.

However, when the wild roses are blooming and life is so promising and June is young, perhaps it's just the right time for some of that.

Besides, I've taken on a thousand pounds of untamed bucking chestnut horseflesh in those boots, so I can probably handle a little sap.

I may even find myself enjoying it.

Raspberry Gingham skirt // Kellie Falconer Design
boots // corral west
scarf //
tee // thrifted - belt // f21

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  1. I love this poem and music while looking over the photos of your classical outfit featuring the pink gingham skirt! Beautiful early roses beg for a bit of traditional fare which are so equally tempered with leather boots that have seen the wildest of hours! But then, it that not the secret of having an item, like this skirt, in your wardrobe to span the possibilities of any day's agenda?

  2. photos are so nice, I love your outfit!!

  3. Loverly, loverly post, m'dear! You're playing one of my favorite songs, featuring one of my favorite flowers! :-) Your skirt matches them beautifully, and I love how you did your hair!

    I hear you about poetry. Most of the time it seems a little contrived, but then I read something like "The Lady of Shalott," and it captures my imagination.

    I love the colorized B&W photos, too--they look like they're from the '40s, and so classy.

    God bless,

    1. I was thinking of you while this post was materializing - I'm so glad you liked it! :)

  4. Lovely photos, Kellie! I'm not much of a one for poetry either...I think ever since I was little I just found it kind of silly and wondered why the writers wouldn't just stop making rhymes and write sensible sentences. :P still, there are those poems that I love, and poetry can certainly be beautiful.

    Decked Out in Ruffles

    1. Well put:) I completely concur. <3

  5. Stunning. Beautiful pink skirt and flowers.

  6. Lovely photography, lovely skirt, lovely music, and- I adore your hair! Where did you learn that style?

    1. Thanks so much Grace! It was actually my favorite crown braid style for years when I had long hair, and I find it also works great for bobs! I'd like to do a tutorial on this soon.

  7. So Incredibly Beautiful <3

  8. Hi Kellie,
    Did you line the skirt? Just curious! I have some light-weight plaid cotton-shirting and I want to make a skirt. I just have to decide if I need to line it.

    1. I didn't line this design - if you find you need a little extra weight afterwards, a slip might be a great solution as well. Have fun! :)

  9. You know I love me some gingham, and this skirt in pink is a dream. I always love your photography, and I also enjoyed the poetry today. I did have a chuckle when I read...a pile of sap. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog.

    Sue xo

  10. Oh Kellie, you have no idea how much this song means to me! You know how some music can just take you back to a moment? That's what this song does for me. Thank you for sharing Darling!

    1. I'm so glad you shared that! I love it when that happens.

  11. Love the skirt, it's so pretty!

    If you have a sec, hope you can drop by my blog too and read my latest:

  12. Thank you for stopping by my corner of the blogging world. I love these photos!!


  13. So, so pretty - I love gingham for summer. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

  14. This skirt is super cute! I love the photos as well.

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

  15. Love it all! Totally adorable Kellie!

  16. This is so pretty, Kellie! You always come up with the most adorable outfits!

  17. Beautifully done, so sweet and wonderfully simple while true to a unique voice in blogging. Sincere and lovely photos. I appreciate your depth of visual connection in each post!

    blue hue wonderland


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