w h i s p e r

by a. noelle

 

whisper eucalyptus ephemera

2. WHISPER

Before the library’s Neoclassical portico was completed in 1911, several grand eucalyptus groves flourished in the area as part of a divine organic design, decades before the architectural style would make its debut at Graycliff and Fallingwater. Today an expansive glade unfurls a lush green welcome mat for students and alumni, general spectators and docents, where it is still common to see a doe and her fawns rummage among the bark shavings, between lanky strips of curling ribbon, for easily digestible shoots, soft grasses, and lichen. Mother and young silently tiptoe beside the proud structure, along meandering dirt trails, unpolished aisles that once summoned rambling pursuits through rough stalks and dry stacks, now meticulously landscaped along clean edges with decorative stones marking memorials and concrete steps leading to locked online editions of George Bentham’s Flora Australiensis (1863) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s The Natural House (1954). Recent developments in remodelling, on a virtual scale, to incorporate local flora into the park-side entrance provide hope that future deer descendants will continue to visit the library.

perfumed leaves flutter
a snout pointed to morsels
grazes the dawning


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