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The threat of wild passionflower

Written By: merav - Sep• 13•12

Wild passionflower threatens to bring down my connection to the information superhighway.

telephone pole pulled down by weight of wild passionflower

passionflower smothering phone cable

The telephone pole is leaning, pulled downwards by the weight of the wild vine that smothers the phone cable (diameter exceeding a meter/yard at one end) and nearby bushes and trees. In the next storm, I keep thinking, the line will go. The phone box is also buried under dense, wild, climbing, clinging passionflower. The last technician who came used wire cutters to reach the box and told me to have the building manager bring a gardener, urgently. The passionflower is rooted in ground belonging to a condemned building. Takeover by wild passionflower is what happens when this bit of land is neglected by people and left to its own devices.

Is this a metaphor for Tel Aviv? For the Middle East? This vine survives and thrives in all weather, predates and outlived current and past governments, flowers in the spring (its flowers present an interesting linguistic point), and is known for its various medicinal and healing powers, physical and emotional. This plant grows wild when left alone, clings and climbs (invaded my shower one summer), and has the power to sever my main links with the modern electronic world – telephone and internet.

Among the benefits passionflower is claimed to have:  treatment of anxiety, depression, insomnia, asthma, opiate withdrawal, seizures, arrhythmia, ADHD, and high blood pressure. More than a metaphor, then, could this rampant passionflower be a manifestation of the planet’s powers of healing and the potential for healthy, life-affirming tendencies to take over eventually, despite technological advances and political change?

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2 Comments

  1. Felicity Ruby says:

    brilliant transformation of potential technology rage into a philosophical rave! Passion certainly does flower in the middle east.

  2. Tamar Datan says:

    Love this beautiful and poignant message about the awesome power of Mother Nature. Thanks for sharing!!