Modesty, VI of Fortitude Series. By Dewi Dian Reich. May 2021
The sixth instalment in this Fortitude series is Modesty of Fortitude. The ‘Bunga Kangkung’ (Ipomoea Aquatica) is a vegetable flower growing wild in the rice fields near water sources. Its leaves are edible and is a common vegetable in the local diet. Its flowers however, attract no attention.
Fortitude, is a collection of works that explores quiet strength and modest constancy. In this case, the modest courage reflected in our rambling weeds. Their beauty unseen and their strength unrecognised.
The sixth flower in this series, is one hidden under leaves and grasses. Found in a thicket, whilst the others already in full bloom, this flower was still enjoying its time with the morning due. Keeping itself in the shade, away from attention.
Modesty looks at the quiet way, these beautiful flowers simply exist. Undemanding and still as hopeful and abundant as ever.
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About Ipomoea Aquatica, also known as Water Spinach.
The origin of I. aquatica is not quite clear, but it is agreed that it is native in Southeast Asia. Within Asia, several sources cite China as the location of the plant’s domestication. On the other hand, India has been suggested as the location of the plant’s origin. However, none of these sources give references other than when the name of I. aquatica first appeared in historical documents.
There are also studies suggesting that the species is native to Africa and it is debated whether it is part of African indigenous flora or whether it was introduced there by Chinese mariner Zheng He