A Lady Slipper passed away today –
Yet – no one in the world knew –
Among us there are none who
Can hear the Blue Bells ring –
And none who can hear Angel Trumpets sing
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
A question on what happens when a flower dies, using appropriately picturesque flower names for actions of mourning similar to that done by humans, like ringing of church bells and singing done at funerals.
This was written about seven years after Bruce Cockburn had his famous hit If a Tree Falls (in the forest, does anybody hear?). However, while I wasn’t ignorant enough not to have known the song, I wrote this seeing a rare Lady Slipper flower in a field somewhere all dried up and not far from dying. I knew Lady Slippers were a rare site for me and so it was the death of one that touched me. Like anyone else, I had seen tons of flowers dying over the years in summer droughts and at the end of summer, but never gave it any thought. But this rare sighting of the rare Lady Slipper personalized it for me to be something a bit more precious and made me care enough to write this poem.
The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.