In "Crow Improvises" (text version), the protagonist conjoins a list of disparate objects, where each pair of objects ignites a spark.
Putting aside the symbolic meaning of each object, it is clear to me what each object is - except for one:
There was this man
Who took the sun in one hand, a leaf in the other -
The spark that jumped burned out his name.
So he took his lavender-bag ancestors under one arm
And his twisting dog under the other -
The spark that flash-thumped fused his watch of all things,
And left a black orifice instead of a time-sense.
What could "lavender-bag ancestors" mean?