Take a moment to Listen to William’s Words on Irises*:
A cathartic in medicine is a drug that purges the bowels. Who knew that the lovely iris, grown mostly now for its decorative beauty, possess a root that causes the purging of the bowels?
It’s ironic that I am writing this piece about cathartic irises, because catharsis in other meanings means the release of that which is pent up. Apparently the bowels of my dishwasher were pent up, for they purged themselves beneath my beautiful new floor, destroying the kitchen, foyer, and part of the living room floors, 18 inches of the living room walls, and cabinets.
I have had to relocate my computer so that I could work, due to the poor air quality and the relentless noise of the industrial strength fans and dehumidifier working to dry everything out.
Catharsis has upended my household, much as I expect the illness that William Bartram described upended the day-to-day routines of the village. But for one thing I am grateful, and that is my hope that when we put everything back together, it will be better than it was before.
A Possible Perception with Yellow…
In my travels to Augusta, Georgia Rick and I found these irises growing by a pond, much like William Bartram described. I guess that cathartic root likes to have its feet wet, unlike myself, especially when I’m in my kitchen, I would prefer my feet to be dry.
The yellow of their blossoms drew me near, as a dear friend has been after me to create a Possible Perception with yellow. Like the modern uses of the iris, this Possible Perception is formal and decorative. It reminds me of a Moroccan Tile piece when viewed small. Below is the photograph I started from:
During this whole process, which I am calling the Impromptu Kitchen Remodeling Process, I have been thinking about a book by Keri Smith, Wreck This Journal. In it, her premise is that in order to create, one has to destroy. Luckily, I didn’t have to destroy the irises to photograph them. But I did destroy the photograph, slicing a triangular piece out of it, to use as a building block in the creation of Irises Possible Perception.
To Destroy is to Create:
Likewise, in order to obtain a more functional kitchen, as in a floor less vulnerable to water, new cabinets and counter top, a working dishwasher, and the like, I have had to undergo destruction of the kitchen as it was, in order to create the kitchen it will be.
To destroy is to create. Much like the God Thor, with his hammer, who can use his hammer for building anew, or destruction of the old, to make way for the new. Ironically, Thor is the name of my contractor, and I have witnessed both the destruction of my kitchen followed by its renewal via the Hammer of Thor.
I give you Irises Possible Perception: