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Orchid Tells All

Masdevallia Veitchiana by Sara Steele.
Orchid Tells All by Susan Windle
©2002 by Sara Steele and Susan Windle, All Rights Reserved.

Size: 16 1/2 x 12

Orchid Tells All

However forwardly I face you
however unabashed I am—
these blazing hips, this
open-chested stance—
it’s only half the truth.

Look behind me:
see how loosely, how
thinly tethered to the green I am—
continually stepping off my stem
into the cobalt air

where the magenta I meet
mingles with my belly’s
yellow fire
and I am charged
with the task of

calling you here.
Color, shape, smell—
every wave of me works
to draw you.
Everything you do in me

will flourish.

©2002 by Susan Windle

These archival Iris giclée prints were done on Hahnemuhle acid-free 100% cotton rag watercolor paper with Equipoise fine art inks. These are open edition prints, signed by artist and poet.

Dimensions refer to image size, including text, and are rounded to the nearest 1/2 inch; there is a minimum 1/2 inch white border on all four sides.

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