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Poem 201 – Orchids on the Windowsill & Gertrude’s Writing Room Update!

Orchids on the Windowsill

I’ve been successful at killing plants
something about remembering to water them
mirrors remember to water myself…
perhaps it’s more about forgetting

But the two orchids on the windowsill stand tall
one in fluorescent fuchsia grows like a flock of flying
skirts can-canning up a stem stairway to the sky
the other, angel-wing white, giant and dare I say
grotesquely stunning, labellum dripping like lust
foreign and familiar at once

Three ice cubes a week they each need and
three ice cubes a week I give them – something
about the way the ice sticks to my fingertips
the brief panic before my body heat prevails
something about the way the cubes rest precariously
on odd roots like naked legs on a dying woman, exposed, expectant
something about roots without dirt and the brittle state of it all

That doesn’t match the thriving aliveness of the flower
it is all a mirror, remembering forgetting – the ever-changing
expression of success that over time I have stopped
killing plants


Poetry Anthology Submission Call, Poetry Circle & Crafty Afts at the writing room!

For submission guidelines on the open submission call for poetry on the theme of community, CLICK HERE.

For information on the monthly Poetry Circle let by Windsor’s Poets Laureate and Vanessa Shields, CLICK HERE.

For information on Crafty Afts, CLICK HERE.

One thought on “Poem 201 – Orchids on the Windowsill & Gertrude’s Writing Room Update!

  1. You know.. orchids were the first plants I was successful at keeping long term. Now, I’ve had a bunch of money trees at the store long term… years. I love them. Ron has a green thumb, I do not. I know this has nothing to do with your poem really. Your poem is beautiful. It reminded me, of me. hehe

    Saw all your new upcoming events & things at Gertrude’s – very happy & excited for you!!!

    Big hugs & Big Love Tracey

    On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 8:13 AM VANESSA SHIELDS, writer wrote:

    > Vanessa Shields posted: ” Orchids on the Windowsill I’ve been successful > at killing plantssomething about remembering to water themmirrors remember > to water myself…perhaps it’s more about forgetting But the two orchids on > the windowsill stand tallone in fluorescent fuchsia ” >

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