This famously tongue-twisting lyric is the extreme of decadence, a scene of oppressive heat and moisture. The narrator mourns the end of childhood as she calls her sister home. In the overgrowth there is also spontaneous creation. The reclining figure at the bottom is a reference to the “clay-colored motherlessness” invoked in this section of “Emily.” While this could mean literally the loss of a mother, it could also be, figuratively, the opportunity to invent oneself, the desire to be defined as an individual without the influence of one’s forebears. Besides growth, this card also shows the interactions of nature – the ants that walk on the peonies.
This card links to the Eight of Cups, where we see blossoms and bugs of a different kind.