Birth

Birth

Think of the white orchid
         a new flower about to burst
out of the green bud
         as though its petals were wings
to unfold and take flight
         in the imagination
to add one fresh tiny detail
         to the plant and to the room
where it stands
         a newborn thing of beauty
an announcement
         and how our lives
are full of lives
         everywhere teeming
with fresh new life
         and so much life
within life
         within life

John Lyons

Orchid

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Burlesque

Orchid

Chaste white orchid
its broad petals

as velvety fans
spread in mock

burlesque 
to conceal

the modesty
of its naked flesh

of which
there is none

a floral dance
that is all show

: that is what
it lives for

it is for that
that it dies

beauty is
its only virtue

its elegance
a single word

no other needed

John Lyons

Lucidities

Lucidities

The rain falls unpatterned
         through the grey sky
and I think of our language
         the habits of our words
imposed by time
         and by circumstance
the changing seasons
         the state of the nation
the state of our hearts

The orchids are blooming
         white virginal flowers
that open up
         bringing with them
the promise of a softer 
          emotional climate
a throwback to our roots
         something stately
that grows with dignity
         and without affectation
privileged vegetation
         removed from the risks
of its natural environment

And how the day breaks
         a kernel of light
that expands within the darkness
         illuminating all that will
one day pass
         into eternal darkness
No habit or procedure
         can save us from that
but the lucidities
         of love and beauty and truth
render the transience
         of all the passes
immaterial

John Lyons