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De Waal Venter

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Tulip

The ineluctable lure of the stigma

Orange purple tulip

flaring into the shape

of a young woman’s mind

open, ready to receive,

holds a half-hidden pistil

held on a fluting stem

green with the joy of growth,

tulip tender to the touch,

you deftly hold my mind,

I am a little afraid

of your subtle power.

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