Monday, January 08, 2007
On the night Diantha Caryophyllus died, the weatherman was prediction one or another kind of disaster for Vancouver.
Diantha Caryophyllus died in Newmarket, Ontario of frostbite, in her eleventh month, wich included an unnaturally warm January during which time Diantha thrived and garlanded herself with dark-red flowers to the very end.
Diantha Cryophyllus, also knowns as The Carnation--And Reincarnation (she kept flowering well into January), was of Spanish aristocratic background, with a lineage that goes back to Greek ceremonial crowns.
During her life, she was often invited to grand dances by men in white sports coats.She was everybody's symbol of romance.
Carnation is survived by three garlic plants, which are symbols of Ukraine's national flower for one Ukrainian named Ivan, who grew both the carnation and the garlic, the latter not yet succumbing to the sudden cold.
"Garlic good," said Ivan.
"But Carnation's death has led to disintegration. I have a separation anxiety," Ivan moaned.
"I loved Diantha, all through December and into January. Diantha was deceived to the very end, thinking it was still August.
Funeral services for Diantha Caryophyllus will be held on Ivan's third-floor balcony, where Ivan will perform an eulogy from "Bittersweet," by Noel Coward.
The eulogy refers to "the love that dare not speak its name" between Oscar Wilde and Lord Albert Douglas, or "Bosie" to that inventor of the original Gay Nineties.
"Nothing gay about my relationship with Diantha," said Ivan.
Diantha was female, he insisted.
"I am not queer," he said, scratching himself with one finger.