LADY’S SLIPPER ORCHID
I recall Dion Fortune’s phrase somewhere:
That orchids nurse hatred for people
But I feel,
staring at your fabulously
That nothing so hilarious
Could nurse hatreds and contempts.
That in your full-booted truth
You are just as you need to be.
Though extinction be your neighbour
Along with yew and limestone,
A miracle by this footpath,
In the sun and rain.
Cypripedium calceolus I salute you!