Mandelstam lived in a brutal place and time, costing him years of freedom and ultimately, his life. All the more impressive and touching that he managed to cherish the existence of a single plant.
‘A plant in the world, that is an event, a happening, an arrow.’
Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia, trans. Sidney Monas (London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011), p. 69