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  • n. South African herb with golden-yellow globose flower heads; naturalized in moist areas along coast of California; cultivated as an ornamental


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  • I look at the photograph knowing that ice wagons exist now only as fading memories in aging skulls, that the house in the background has long since been torn down to be replaced by an apartment building which in turn was re­placed by a shopping mall, that the wool and leather and cotton of the Boy Scout uniform have rotted away, leaving only the brass buttons and the boy himself to be lost some­where, and that — as Paul would explain — every cell in that unsmiling ten-year-old's body has been replaced several times.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • He tilted his famous extra-wide-brimmed cap over his eyes at a jaunty, devil-may-care angle; he stuck his thumbs rakishly into the pockets of his blue uniform jacket, which his tailor had been instructed to make with six brass buttons instead of the regulation eight.

    Castles of Steel

  • “One of my daily chores when I was commissioned in the RAF during World War II,” writes Horace Hone of Palm Coast, Florida, “was to polish the brass buttons on my tunic.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • An 'tellin' me ye were a banker, "he added sorrowfully," an 'you wid spurs an' brass buttons stickin 'out all over ye!

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • And I saw — as they had survived and as they had been when new — a boy's suit with brass buttons and knee pants; a postman's uniform; and a man's suit including a cutaway coat with silk-faced lapels, raveling and dusty in the original, fresh and shiny in the replica.

    Time and Again


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