my pink petals darkened brown
I thought for the sin of my unwashed hands.
Barbie doll romantic reenactments
always terminated in taboo
Georgia O’Keefe finger painting.
When I first saw a lady slipper in the woods,
I knew it had nothing to do with shoes,
unless you’re talking pumps, just for the sound of it.
it has a labellum,
just say it slow and sultry like with your honey sweet lips.
And of course bellum is Latin for war.
A phalaenopsis orchid:
phalaina from Greek, meaning moth
but I see a soft phallus in the word, spelled more prettily.
I mean it has a tiny nub
called a column, and therefore
columns in common flowers are
called the stigma,
and that’s what I certainly had,
with my boy-bruised petals
back in a spring equinox that was never equal.
Maybe Aristotle knew what he was talking about
when he used opsis to mean final tragedy,
because everyone knows moths aren’t as good
Receptacle, they brand the
swollen segment beneath the blossom.
Doesn’t the flower sound so used now?
they tell me it went willingly
to all the bees that desired it
and it’s not the bees fault
the flowers bloomed with such
There have always been too many bees to count.
How funny that bees save their cultish devotion for only one
of their stature
which is never a flower.
over stroked metaphors of flora
turn feral fauna I suspect
if you read between the sepals.