Sunday, April 5, 2009

Maja Trochimczyk

THE CAMELLIA

An invalid,
crippled by its lack
of fragrance,
the camellia
overcompensates
by the size
of its blossoms,
by the symmetry
of petals, arranged
into layered
ballerina skirts
around the heart
of yellow stamen.

The flowers' abundance
changes lush camellia forest
into a winter symphony
in pinks and greens,
fading into still browns
of the earth, with each
fallen bloom, lost petal.

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