With the wondering eye
Did a tiny fair
Drop you where you lie?
In the witching hour
Of the tropic night
Did the careless moonbeam
Leave you in its fight? —Natividad Marquez (Ana Maria Chavez)
A symbol of purity, strength, and humility, sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines, my mother’s homeland.
Heady, yet cool and slightly green: jasmine sambac with a hint of tea leaf.