Slipper Orchid (an abusive relationship)
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
Come away, watch me gently sway
So lush in the forest soil of life’s humus,
flowering here in orgasms of colour
Which spill down among velvet petals
coming, yes here, in cascades of colour
cardinal and canary and cinammon
That drip and deepen, wet down inside
the tender thigh of such velvet petals
To be driven wild by the sensuous rub
Of a rhizome bed with writhing roots
Tickled to orchid ecstasy by torments
Of tongues, my myriad mycorizal lovers
And ‘o’ I pulse in orgiastic forest beats
Across canopies in a beatific hum of bees
Coming as the forest pleasures in me.
a hand crosses my slender throat of love...
What makes you think you can collect me?
Why does your mind, bound to a violence
of love that feels more like my surrender
dictate that you are here, and dare to tear
me from my tenderness of translations.
Your blind desire rises and dies in me
again, again, in wounds that swoon
and ahh return, and swoon and return,
immersing your archive of selves in hues,
serial deaths in mossy deep pools of tone
while floral zests of carmine and maroon
lithe roseates of avocado and emerald
dance in uprooted shades of trance,
dancing Transcendence in ravished minds...
Until you despair, despair to possess me
despair to keep my caress at your control,
spellbound in the gaze of garden cages,
sublime on your windowsill prison,
for the withdrawn fetish circle of your soul,
your orchid, there, childless and immaculate.
Asian Slipper orchids are native to the tropical rainforests of Myanmar, Vietnam and south-west China. 99% of Asian slipper orchids are threatened with extinction. The causes include habitat fragmentation and destruction, deforestation and illegal logging. People are collecting these species from the wild for regional and international trade – and although this trade is illegal the rules are often not enforced.
Mycorizal - Slipper orchids live in symbiotic relationship with vast networks of fungi which form around their roots.