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Book of Flowers – Entry # 1

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Infatuation (infatuātiō)

A perfect name for a flower that cannot live beyond the dusk of its first and only dawn. It has the look of a rose, a foolish rose. But it takes on the posture of poppies. The petals are thin. At the slightest touch of the wind, it flaps like a possessed dervish. The petals are broad and red. The red, however, is deeper than a bright red rose.  The red is garish and scorching like a fire. In this foolish extravagance of color, it burns itself out right after midday and turns a sickly yellow. As twilight showers the dying day with the last bit of gold left in the sun, Infatuation is a sad, wilted grey. As far as smells go, a whiff is enough. Anything more could make the average stomach sick. There is never an ideal condition for this flower. It blooms wherever. Nothing can keep it from dying. No amount of watering or misting or moisting or sunlight can save it from itself. To fertilize it is to quicken its death.

Calendar of Care: In the summer, plant in baskets hanging from the attic ceiling and keep far from the window sill. Save the dead plant for the winter. Repot and expose to drafts and early frosts.

 

 

 

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

5 Responses to “Book of Flowers – Entry # 1” Subscribe

  1. PJ October 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    I love how your write.

  2. Ainehi October 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Thanks P!

  3. okul siirleri October 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Other poems you would like to see on your Web site, thank you from Adana okullari.

  4. Ose October 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    I love this, there is a blur between the flower itself and the emotion called infatuation. The two merge at some point and become one.It’s like a play on words. Well done!

  5. admin October 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Thanks Ose!

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