4.30.08 Cabbages and Kings

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

This stanza of the very long Lewis Carroll poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” was recited pretty frequently in my household when I was growing up. Every time someone would say “the time has come,” someone else, usually my mother, would launch into the rest of the lines. To this day I can’t hear that phrase without automatically thinking of shoes and ships and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings. I do know now that it’s “sealing wax,” rather than “ceiling wax.”

Something else I’ve retained from childhood is my fascination with the amazing patterns found in nature: the subdivided segments of a lime, the organized seeds of a pomegranate, the undulating layers of a cabbage. Hence today’s pattern, inspired by a cabbage recently halved and turned into fish tacos by my husband, who is the chef of the household.

Unfortunately, I drew the sketch for my cabbage from memory, and now that I see the photo, I realize that I could have done a much better sketch. Oh well, maybe another day. Or maybe I’ll make my peace with the fact that this is an interpretive endeavor. Without further ado….

A few interpretations of yes, cabbages.

falling cabbage

falling cabbage reversed

red cabbage


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