the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

a love perfume

lover’s note:

black beetle in kitchen landed on me. I started to smell something strange and went into kitchen and noticed the smell was the bug under my nose on chest.

the smell is beautiful and why i kept it for you to smell too.

and there on the piano was a glass bowl with a black beetle waiting drenched in its fragrant perfume.

….

sidenote:

scientists have found that ground beetles produce orange scented aromas as predator repellents. The research by Stevens Institute of Technology  reported for the first time that some ground beetles produce the natural repellent limonene, an efficient commercial repellent for dogs, cats, some birds, and even mammals such as deer.

(image from here)

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the story of ruin

“The decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness. Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the cause of the destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest; and, as soon as time or accident had removed the artificial supports, the stupendous fabric yielded to the pressure of its own weight.

The story of the ruin is simple and obvious; and instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted for so long.”

~Edward Gibbon, “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”

(Prelude to a Civilization by Viktor Brauner)