Spider Lily.
Article Type: Poem
Subject: Lilies (Portrayals)
Amaryllidaceae (Portrayals)
Humans and nature (Portrayals)
Aging (Biology) (Portrayals)
Human condition (Portrayals)
Author: Lambert, Alison
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Hecate Publisher: Hecate Press Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Hecate Press ISSN: 0311-4198
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Volume: 37 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Spider Lily (Lambert, Alison) (Poem)
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia
Accession Number: 268220763
Full Text:
The flower has dwindled now To dry threads hanging, As flowers
do-- And we too, I answered when he said 'It'll only last a
day', Handing me a spider lily From some garden bed.
 Tipped with rakish orange The stamens stood like green wires Above a
white silk web; I gathered moments with my camera, Imaged by a teal blue
wall Dark as the dusks of childhood Where I watched the long buds
opening, White birds waking from their deep green nest: These have
stayed with me a lifetime.
Flowering underwater, Wild spider lilies once watched me When the moon
was full, Wading the river-covered jetty; All gone now with floods.
Seeds Washed downstream, coastward, Where the young woman I was Found a
large round seed and planted it, Wondering ...
In this decades-later room, A green stem, water-filled glass, Waver the
resolved world Wordless, as I watch, Hour after hour--
Could he allow for such reflections Upon his one-day flower?
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