I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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25 February 2008


This orchid fumes wild
in its functional pot.
The powerful stem
throbs almost visibly.
Stealthy, the opulent head
tenses with craving.

Like my quiet friend,
easing casually between
neat domestic sheets.
Slinging down savage hair
all over the prim pillow.
Flexing lavish paws.

© Rosemary Nissen-Wade 1974
from Universe Cat Pariah Press (Melb.) 1985
Also in Secret Leopard: Selected Poems 1974-2005 Alyscamps (Paris) 2005

17/8/74 – 8/9/84
Note: After looking through fabulous photos of orchids online, I obtained permission to use the wonderful, vulvic image top right as my profile pic. Which prompted me to share my orchid poem – though this one is a more phallic example!

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