My vegetable love should growAndrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”
Vaster than empires and more slow
Perhaps not noticing her would-be suitor, a clown pours all her aﬀection into a plant. The appreciative plant slowly gains consciousness, but the suitor is out in the cold for now.
Pierrot pours water from a teacup onto a large plant. Hands sprout from the top of the plant, one reaching down around the clown, and another holding a teacup. In the background, another Pierrot stands looking on, forlorn, with a bouquet of wilting stems.
The plant’s pot matches the teapot and tea set next to it on the table: white china with a blue design featuring hearts and plant stems.