Hi, I'm Veronique Raskin and I am the founder & CEO of The Organic Wine Company. My blog is mostly about organic wine & self-development, as well as anything else that interests and inspires me!
I love this poem from Charles Baudelaire. To me it is way more than a praise of nature. It is a poem to life itself, to the way things move and articulate themselves with other things and end up working as a beautiful and complex system. In this poem, it is the perfumes, sounds, and colors.
It could very well be the flavors, aromas, colors of food and wine. After all, hasn’t Baudelaire written many poems about wine? I would even add that wine produced in an eco-friendly way is both a perfect illustration of the harmonics of nature described in this poem, and a poem to nature itself.
“Nature is a temple in which living pillars
Sometimes give voice to confused words;
Man passes there through forests of symbols
Which look at him with understanding eyes.
Like prolonged echoes mingling in the distance
In a deep and tenebrous unity,
Vast as the dark of night and as the light of day,
Perfumes, sounds, and colors respond.
There are perfumes as cool as the flesh of children,
Sweet as oboes, green as meadows
— And others are corrupt, and rich, triumphant,
With power to expand into infinity,
Like amber and incense, musk, benzoin,
That sing the ecstasy of the soul and senses.”
— William Aggeler, The Flowers of Evil (Fresno, CA: Academy Library Guild, 1954)