Slipper Orchid (an abusive relationship)

Updated: Mar 24

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for the withdrawn fetish circle of your soul,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.


Notes:

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.



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