March, 2017

(archives)

vanda orchids

– brianprince

with deft hands
a picker gathers vanda orchids
on the big island
where orchids
of every hue
blossom on
volcanic slopes
while growers
export a million
blooms a week
to the big big island
the mainland usa

the far east

and to her
sisters
maui
kaua’i
ni’ihau
o’hau
moloka’i
lana’i (dole
incorporated)
and
kaho’olawe

i swear they
were rare
but in all
i intertwine
i find the
cultivated
beauty.