Today's poem is by Diane Lockward
They are hot and moist in operation, under the
dominion of Venus, and provoke lust exceedingly.
The British Herbal Guide, 1653
Such flowers must be used with discretion.
Love of them becomes obsession.
A man pursues an orchid as he once
pursued a green-eyed woman. He hunts
in Florida swamps, Thailand, and Brazil,
delirious with lust, blissed on the smell
of dust and mulch, steamy veil of moisture,
breathing pores on leaves, tessellated lure
of waxy sepals, pouched lips, and tubers,
stamen and pistil twisted together,
inflorescence of Phalaenopsis,
Vanda Sanderiana, Cryptanthus.
Dream-haunted nightsghost, slipper, and spider,
the deep plunge to the nectar inside her.
Copyright © 2017 Diane Lockward All rights reserved
from Pirene's Fountain
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