“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-34

Peony Dream

24 responses

  1. This is a very interesting quote. I’ve read some of Anais Nin, but I don’t remember this quote. On the other hand, in my reading of Jewishish mystic philosophy, I came across the idea that the friendship itself has a personality, and a soul, much as a person has. That it is a sort of being in itself. And that when the two friends haven’t met for a while, the being (the friendship) can die, and on reunion, is born again.

    June 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    • What a beautiful and interesting concept, this idea of friendship as its own being. Thank you for this comment, Shimon.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

  2. Ah, from the Garden. Yes … by this meeting a new world is born. A lovely and gentle metaphor, Lemony.

    June 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  3. I did not know this quote so far, but it’s directly becoming obvious for me.
    This concept slept in me and was flowering now…
    Thank you very much for this beautiful idea and the corresponding flower.

    June 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  4. I like that quote. And the flower with its wrinkly petals.

    June 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  5. I love this qoute. It’s perfect for where I am right now. Thanks.

    June 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    • I’m so glad, Jennifer, that this post is a timely one for you. Thank you so much for commenting.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm

  6. As a Photo-Poetry or Poetry-Photo,
    it creates a thought provoking Sphere.
    Even though, it’s last only in this moment.
    Nicely told.

    June 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    • I like this idea of poetry through image, and the notion of its ephemerality. Thank you for your comment, Yoshi-sensei.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  7. Great quotation and a beautiful, open, welcoming gesture from the peony.

    June 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    • Thank you, Richard. I like your use of the word gesture in your description. I felt this flower was opening right before my eyes when I saw it.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  8. Nice post … I especially enjoyed the comment from ShimonZ in response. Indeed, each friendship is unique (really, literally, in the true meaning of the word … I hate it when folks say, “Gee, she’s kind of unique!” Unique … uni …one … argh! Sorry for the rant). Yes, each friendship is unique and differs from all others in so many ways (like individual flowers, don’t you think) … too many to enumerate here. Suffice it to say that your post points to this. D

    June 23, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    • Yes, I enjoyed Shimon’s comment, too, as well as your words about the uniqueness of each friendship. I agree wholeheartedly.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  9. I like the image and the quote a lot, Melanie…those words….

    June 24, 2013 at 1:13 am

    • Thank you, Scott. I’m so glad you like the post.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      • You’re welcome….I found those words for a post I wrote on Friendship as I was preparing to leave Phoenix almost three years ago…they still echo within me…and what a nice place to find them again…with your photo….I think I should be thanking you, Melanie. 🙂

        June 25, 2013 at 2:16 am

  10. I had never heard of Anais Nin, but I love the quote. In relationship counselling as therapists we work with the relationship, the entity created between the couple, rather than the two separate people… I definitely believe we co-create a new being between us whenever we connect deeply with another. This idea can help us to step back a little to try to understand when this entity starts to hurt us….what is our part in this 🙂
    Oh and it’s another beautiful flower portrait, full of silky freshness.

    June 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    • Thank you so much for this comment, Seonaid. The works and journals of Anaïs Nin are wonderful to read. I like your words about the entity created within a relationship (similar to the point of view that Shimon shared). I can see how such an approach would make it easier to explore the dynamics of the relationship.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  11. Lovely photograph and lovely sentiment. So true!

    June 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm

  12. Wonderful quote and photo!

    June 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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