Table of Memories

Abiding – Word of the Day


Hardenbergia, one of many types native to Western Australia, this one found at Jarrah Loop walks between Bridgetown and Nannup. Not quite a puple-red like Aramanth, but purple nonetheless and that’s close enough for me. Aramanthine (adjective) means like, like aramanth. Aramanthine also carries the meaning unfading, everlasting. Aramanth comes from the Greek aramantos (αμαραντος) meaning unfading and was borrowed by poets (Milton, for one) to denote an imaginary flower that was unfading, everlasting.


Table of Memories

This table of memories,
its faded varnish
the dust of our journey.
Its timber laden with
the juice of many meals,
of coffee,
of conversations,
grief and hurt,
breathless lust,
this table of unfading love,
our unvarnished life.

©Paul Cannon




Filed under life, love, poetry, Quadrille, romance

5 responses to “Table of Memories

  1. lync56

    Wow that is fantastic – thanks for the explanation of aramanthine – conjures beautiful images


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  2. Lovely, the witness of sweet and sour moments.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This is so beautiful Paul.and I loved the way you have first described the flower, its origin and then based the poem on it.


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