Sharon H. Nelson
"Horticulture" appears in Mad Women & Crazy Ladies, Sunken Forum, 1983.
Unkempt as tulips after a spring storm,
we huddle, housebound, shamed by our shapes:
bulges, contours, crevices, our shame,
each inch examined and appraised, stung
by the slick tip of fashion's whip
that tames the body as it tunes the mind.
Decorative, straight-backed things,
we learn the art of forcing:
paperwhites at Christmas, long-stemmed, tall,
the Easter lily on her stalk,
Displayed like hothouse plants,
we turn and bend,
slender as an iris stem.
bright with fever,
less and less,
each meal a self-inflicted wound.
we do not
|Sharon H. Nelson. 15 March 1999.|