TWENTY-SIX BLOSSOMS | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

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I have been living in this house for eleven years
today is the day I began to inhabit it

the glass table in the corner of the room
the hand-sized chunk of amethyst
the laughing buddha made of bismuth
sparkling like an opaque prism
the glass vase opening like a silver hammock
from which flows a waterfall of garnet
carnelian tiger’s eye jade turquoise amethyst
consider the orchid
tall as a bodhi tree
whose twenty-six blossoms
droop and curve like a mother’s arms

may I drop from this body like a cucumber
freed from the bondage of its stem
considering the orchid as I fall

Lisa Moore is the Archibald A. Hill Professor of English and director of LGBTQ Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. A Lambda-Award-winning critic, her chapbook 24 HOURS OF MEN was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2018.

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