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Cyanea barbellata (Dalliance)

Oil on canvas
38 x 51 in.


"Cyanea barbellata (Dalliance)"
by Richard Howard

I offer hours of pain and pleasure mixed,
        black at heart, yet azure in the eye.
My thorns are few, and yet my thrall is fixed:
                no lover is my enemy.
This poem was written to title and accompany the painting in the book 
Another Language of Flowers (New York: George Braziller 1998).