The Most Beautiful Thing

Dandelion

Dandelion yellow
carpet on a hillside
a cup of grassy wine
bitter salad greens
yellow dandelion

Nodding in the wind
parachuting seedlings
maybe faeries
maybe wishes
dancing on the wind

 

In Ray Bradbury’s eponymous book of short stories, Dandelion Wine is a metaphor for all the magical wonders of a childhood summer, bottled and sealed for winter. My copy of the book is a Bantam edition from 1959. The price, printed on the front cover, was 35 cents!
From chapter 3:

“So, plucked carefully, in sacks, the dandelions were carried below. The cellar dark glowed with their arrival. The wine press stood open, cold. A rush of flowers warmed it. The press, replaced, its screw rotated, twirled by Grandfather, squeezed gently on the crop…The golden tide, the essence of this fine fair month ran, then gushed from the spout below, to be crocked, skimmed of ferment, and bottled in clean ketchup shakers, then ranked in sparkling rows in cellar gloom.
Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered.”

Have you ever made or tried dandelion wine? The Guardian recently posted a recipe that I can’t wait to try.

This post is my contribution to Fiona Robyn’s My Most Beautiful Thing blogsplash, to celebrate the launch of Fiona’s new book, The Most Beautiful Thing, available today as a free download from Kindle. I’m off to read it now!

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About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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26 Responses to The Most Beautiful Thing

  1. vivinfrance says:

    I enjoyed your essence of childhood summer.

  2. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Wonderful 🙂 Love the “maybe faeries, maybe wishes”

    Never tried making dandelion wine, let us know how it turns out if you do.

  3. Laurie Kolp says:

    Dandelions reminds me of a children’s book I used to read to my second graders. I think you won’t be disappointed in Fiona’s book. I really enjoyed it.

  4. Fantastic post. I love posts with poetry combined with “more!” Thanks!

  5. A lovely memory told in a poem with a story to add to the charm.:)

    http://sulekharawat.com/2012/04/24/unhinged/

  6. Never tried dandelion wine before, but it sounds intriguingly delicious! I love the second stanza; very dreamy. Thanks for also sharing an excerpt of Bradbury’s work.

    Blessings,
    Kathy

  7. brian miller says:

    pretty cool…my father in law actually used to make dandelion wine as well…not bad…but i def like hte metaphor as well…

  8. I’ve been wanting to write a poem about the dandelions lately and yours is lovely. They really do evoke childhood. I hear they are also very healthy to eat and make as tea. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I’ve been wanting to write a poem about dandelions…yours is lovely and an inspiration to do it. They really do evoke childhood, don’t they? I’ve also heard they are very healthy to eat the green part and make as tea. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thing.

  10. Quirina says:

    It is an uncanny coincidence that I also posted a dandelion poem. Love the faeries and wishes dancing on the wind … 🙂

  11. This is a lovely poem. The second stanza is my favorite because it remind me of the haiku that I wrote for a photo in The Collaborative Photo-Haiku Project. I’m sure you’ll like the photo taken by Tif Holmes. http://tifholmesphotography.com/cphp/2012/03/march-2012-series-entry-8/

    The dandelion wine sounds magical 😉

    Chrissi

  12. azcanyonwren says:

    You sure captured the essence of all things Dandelion. I love the second stanza with “the parachuting seedlings, maybe faeries, maybe wishes dancing on the wind.” Lovely.

  13. Berit says:

    Let us know how the dandelion wine turns out. 🙂 I’ve never tasted it, but always enjoyed that book by Ray Bradbury. 🙂

    • chris says:

      I’ll have to hurry if I’m going to make some this season. The dandelions are in their glory right now, but not for long. I read that book as a teen; loved it then and still do.

  14. Beautiful poem, really captures the cheery innocence of dandelions.

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