The Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum)

The Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum)

(edited 18th March 2021)

Continuing the communing with nature theme


 

it entered my house via Karel,

a present from his father, wrapped

in an edition of El Pais,

which unravelled revealed a strange

cantilevered plant, four thin arms extended

in a fine high-wire balancing act,

at each tip an inviting mouth

scented, honeyed syrup dripping

from a green clitoris inviting kisses,

framed by twinned labia fragile drooping,

and crowned by a rising dove full winged.

 

many hours were spent observing,

shepherding flies into the room,

mentally guiding, soft landing them

into its welcoming pink maw.

such spaces I am familiar with –

intriguing, subtly enticing –

my wife’s sweet snug drawing me in

and caught I unwilling to leave.

so too I watch these flies descend,

sinking surrender, slowly accept

this bloom’s their final place of rest.

© Bhi 2021
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Dodgem

Bravo! This should be nibbed. Such a tantalising evocation of the Orchid as, what? Sexual?
the enticing feminine? ‘come in to my parlour’ I enjoyed this.

D.

ChairmanWow

Orchids are fascinating flowering plants. Your poem does this flower justice, a poetic version of a voluptuous Georgia O’keeffe painting.

Guaj

A very interesting poem cleverly illustrated in words.

Beautiful flowers with so much folklore. They certainly look erotic. When I flew Thai Air they used to give orchid flowers to the passengers as they disembark. Dunno if the still do this.

You seem to have acquired a carnivorous one 😉

Supratik

I’d call it the erotic sublime. I love the last four lines.
“and caught I unwilling to leave.
so too I watch these flies descend,
sinking surrender, slowly accept
this bloom’s their final place of rest.”
Very interesting.

Stormwolf

Well, look what happened to the flies…so keep a safe distance young man.:-)
A very cleverly crafted poem. Congrats on the nib.
Alison x

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