orchid odes poetry prompts
pistil poetry prompt:
write a poem from the point of view of a plant or mineral that humans have processed into pleasure, gain and/or pain.
ode to sugarcane
a belvin, mi mocha-machetero millonario
swing low, chariot machete. slice me
at syrup root, sweet slavery. where you
bow in supplication. i am honey bearing
reed slashing faces peppering ankles
with fire ant addicts. older than opium
i am giant grass sister to rice & sorghum.
brother to wheat orchids & corn
pyramids. i am crystal trafficker
of horse intensity. i am shoulder pole
who shanghaied indian africans arab chinese
across whipback trails of europe’s craving.
close your eyes. hear master cutter
ancestors fell me in each single dance
motion chop don’t stop rhythm.
i barrel sweat into rum. i sugar
skins shoulders deep brown.
fire sky sticky scent of molasses.
sprinkle me over your wounds
intensify sucking sound
of pain’s pleasure.
swing orchid swing
note re image: check out belvin’s heavily used mocha, a machete originally more shaped like a rectangular chinese cleaver. it was used for chopping cane stalks close to the ground where the sugar was most concentrated.