Bird of Paradise


The Bird of Paradise
is an outrageous plant…
the flower a mockery of sense.

That excessive pointy purple thing
with tiny useless wings and
the threatening white needle tip
rides up over, springs like a surprise party
from an unnecessarily bright orange flame
of, what…petals? bracts?…some
extravagant conflagration of blossom

that leaves the mind reeling,
completely stupefied,
and really quite amazed,

astonished at the beauty…

the beauty that
(after all is said and done)
is, undeniably,
the Bird of Paradise.

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