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On this lovely summer evening, my thoughts turned to holidays... a very long time since we've had one... and the memory of this flower in France - it was such a particular, luminous violet blue...

Twilight Artichoke in France

Gillian_ferguson_photo_high_resby Gillian K Ferguson05 Jul 2013

The artichoke
has a luminous violet-blue halo

like a gas burner
in smouldering dusk,
flammable honeysuckle fumes.

Igniting flying silver beetles
to a twinkling flock
of pocket angels,
roosting invisible trees.

Sparking low magnesium stars.