I planted an armful of orchids,
tending and fondly nurturing them.
During zephyr-kissed days that followed,
one-by-one they showed me their love
with boughs of blossoms.
I cultivated them so long a time,
that until bedazzled butterflies
began repeatedly dropping by,
I was unmindful of
their bewitching perfume.
© by Patricia Williams.
Used with the author’s permission.