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I love the way natural things like weeds and flowers, have a sort of disordered order that ends up being much more appealing than flawless rank and file. So while corn is planted neatly in rows by humans and the plant itself possesses perfect structure on a molecular level, it bends this way and that in the wind and gets disheveled and bleached. It reminds me of a poem that expresses so well a love of the slightly disheveled.

Delight in Disorder

A sweet disorder in the dress
kindles a certain sort of wantonness:
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction:
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthralls the crimson stomacher
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbands to flow confusedly:
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat:
A careless shoestring, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.

~ Robert Herrick 1591-1674

Using the simple emblems of plants and buildings and other things like these works really well to make sunsets more interesting


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