Spotlight Poetry – The Smaller Orchid – A Poem by Amy Clampitt

The image depicts a painting titled Wild Orchids by the artist Marian Emma Chase. The work is a floral painting. The image supports the poem The Smaller Orchid written by the poet Amy Clampitt.
© Marian Emma Chase, Wild Orchids, 2014

The Smaller Orchid by Amy Clampitt

Love is a climate
small things find safe

to grow in- not
(though I once supposed so)
the demanding cattleya
du cote de chez Swann,

glamour among the faubourgs,
hothouse overpowerings, blisses
and cruelties at teatime, but this
next-to-unidentifiable wildling,

hardly more than a
sprout, I’ve found
flourishing in the hollows
of a granite seashore —

a cheerful tousle, little,
white, down-to-earth orchid
declaring its authenticity,
if you hug the ground

close enough, in a powerful
whiff of vanilla.

Poem Attribution © Amy Clampitt, The Smaller Orchid

Source Attribution  The Language of Flowers Poems, Ed. Jane Holloway, Pub. Alfred A. Knopf

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Painting Attribution © Marian Emma Chase, Wild Orchids, 2014

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