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Lady’s Slippers*

Updated: Feb 16


So that’s what you look like,

So that’s where you are.

Indeed you are unworldly,

Surrealistic almost, but truly a star…

In your large yellow slippers

And delicate three-pronged, burgundy hat…

You exceed all my expectations,

I’m certain of that…

You are much bigger for a start,

Growing on steep wooded hillsides…

Whilst for my part,

I can only stare in awe, consider the natural law

That, by chance, framed your personality,

Shaped your subtle colour, style, your fire…

The most exotic being of the plant world

I have ever seen.…magnificent I should say…

And I doubt that another meeting

Would be so fine as this, our first…

Here amongst the solitary, sunlit woods,

And the red-barked pines that point to the sky…

Yet protect your tenderness and beauty,

One so rare, as you are shy…

This first day of June…

Surely a day… to inspire.


*Cypripedium calceolus



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