The Lures of Pollen (R 7+)

The Lures of Pollen (R7+)

The distribution of pollen
is a glorious mandate
done through airs and trickery

The nectar and the sticky
no carrots and no sticks, but

there is a new kind of orchid
that doesn’t just
trap insects so they
brush on pollen, but this orchid

catches cats just for the fun of it,
toys with them and then this
orchid eats them for lunch
like a Venus Fly Trap, but it is
much stickier, much bigger — in fact,
some have grown the size of the “corpse flower”.

Yes, I have heard the “Symphony of Sneezes” and
the “Fog of Pollen Is More Yellow Than the Sun,”
but I’ve never heard Puccini’s “Missing Cats”
performed in public alas, so

be grateful that pollen is only up your nose,
and you’re not required to roll in it like
a cat does in catnip

— Douglas Gilbert


2 thoughts on “The Lures of Pollen (R 7+)

  1. Watch out cats! That orchid is scary! Yeah, i much prefer plants that derive their nutrients from the soil and sunshine than to one that would eat living beings. I remember reading about the corpse flower…those get huge!
    Cats are cute when they get some catnip though, they get all crazy excited and happy. I liked the ‘symphony of sneezes’ sounds like where i live in the spring time…

    1. Thanks. yeah the world would be better with a lot of happy cats. Best to look at orchids from the outside if you’re bigger than an inch. I think anything over 5 feet is safe.

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