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Sam Hamill: The Orchid Flower

Just as I wonder
whether it’s going to die,
the orchid blossoms

and I can’t explain why it
moves my heart, why such pleasure

comes from one small bud
on a long spindly stem, one
blood red gold flower

opening at mid-summer,
tiny, perfect in its hour.

Even to a white-
haired craggy poet, it’s
purely erotic,

pistil and stamen, pollen,
dew of the world, a spoonful

of earth, and water.
Erotic because there’s death
at the heart of birth,

drama in those old sunrise
prisms in wet cedar boughs,

deepest mystery
in washing evening dishes
or teasing my wife,

who grows, yes, more beautiful
because one of us will die.

From Habitation published by Lost Horse Press. Copyright 2015 Sam Hamill. Used by permission of the author.

2 comments on “Sam Hamill: The Orchid Flower

  1. Jane Adair
    February 12, 2016

    Exquisite poem, Sam.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mlord102014
    February 12, 2016

    Sam,
    Your poem is extraordinary in it’s beauty and sensitivity. Thank you for bringing pure joy to my day.

    Liked by 1 person

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