Saturday, April 01, 2006


Temptation on Pran’s Sri Lanka Blog - the Flower

Glorious flower in the garden. Gloriosa Superba,
Flame Lily, Climbing Lily, Glorious Lily. Pran

Its dull orange glow isn’t loud.
But it fills up the screen as if we all
know it, as if its sly tubers
are everywhere. Its five circling
climbing arms bulge, burst up ruby-
round into their prickly flames, then come
neatly together at the top.

It’s no interplanetary visitor.
It twirls in earthy reddish peach, sun-
shredding east and west.

Almost cunningly at the bottom
green vines wind and turn, stick out
their sleekest slender wires
with yellow miniature foot-pedals
on the ends, as if they’re kids’ toys
ready for races, tingling.

Who knows if their real size is for tiny feet
or a giant hand. Each pedal waits
in a goody-good, tea-banana humor
to be plucked off. Sucked and
sucked? on the tongue! like a childhood
flower. Instead Pran says no no, never
and he’s a doctor.

The whole flower causes an unexpected
and nasty ending with abdominal pain,
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding
manifestations, confusion, convulsions
and coma if imbibed.

I guess it’s a glory because
its creeping, tuberous trembling makes
everybody want to taste it.

Maybe it’s a leftover
from that oldest allegorical
garden, served up for know-
it-alls. It’s like a little reminder
of something we’re not supposed
to have. And here I am, trying to inhale
its sunny pain-parts, looking for time
to explore all its fiery mysteries.

Now it’s so close I can almost chew
on each of its friendly
mistakes – so far away
my lips loll
with spit.

I’d like to play some soft, saliva-
salacious, brassy symphonic chords to it –
you know, the reddish-yellow
french horn kind, set to explode
into golden satisfactions, the blissful
endings we all really want
to sink into together.

Pran found it in his backyard.
It may show up some day
in one of ours, all ready
with its glorious colors to clamor,
coax and coax. I wonder
what we’ll do then.


Blogger PRan said...

Dear Puah,
Hey I dont have words to praise you. Its a wonderful poem.
It shows how wonderful things like this glorious flower brings awful outcome if we try to harm it - yeah try to eat or something.
Its the nature. Any way thank you for having writen such a wonderful poem.
Harmless, pretty looking things also can be deadly, isn't it?

Dear Puah, I've already put a link to your post Temptation!.
You can put a link in that post to my post or even put the picture of the flower in your post.
If you want to put the photograph feel free ask (leave a message in my shout box or comments).

These days very busy with some exams. Had one today, again next one tomorrow.
I have so many photographs to be published. I wish U'd be able to write something on them as well.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Radish King said...

I like :)

6:06 PM  
Blogger Puah said...

Thanks guys - have fiddled a bit with the last 2 stanzas but will leave it alone now ... Pran, would love to see more of your photographs. And thank you very much for my link on your blog -

10:28 AM  
Blogger PRan said...

didn't see new work from you for a while!
May be you are bit busy with day to day life. Check out my blog, you may find something to write about.

9:20 AM  
Blogger wildchild99 said...

Hello,Puah.Thank you for your comments-i especially like 'Animal,Vegetable and Mineral'[i think i got it wrong,sory!^^']Although i like poetry,i only write if i want and feel like it,so i don't know if i can be classified as a poet[no offense,though].Love your display pic-very nice contrast.I like it!^^

2:24 AM  
Blogger PRan said...

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8:55 AM  
Blogger PRan said...

Dear Puah,
Was very glad to see that U have put a comment recently. Was wondering why U are not posting anything & was bit worried too...
Very much relieved to see that U are doing OK.
Was wondering how can I get to know of any news about you (was wondering why I didnt ask your email).
We are waiting to see some new poems...

9:07 AM  
Blogger PRan said...

Dear Puah,
It's a boy. Parenting is enjoyable, with a bunch of joy as he is...
Work & weather is fine, but country is not looking good.
Was looking forward to going to free medical camps to treat the victims.
Comitments at home keep me from it...

11:02 AM  

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