The painting “Alpinia Purpurata” is based on a floral arrangement usually found on my kitchen table. It had been there for quite some time, maybe a few years.
When the leaves and the blossoms would start to whither we would simply replace them and keep the basic pattern consistent. Many repeat guests to our home can attest to seeing this undeviating arrangement over time. The poem is partially based like other poems before it, on a recent dream sequence and the painting.
Secret unopened letter of love,
infinite paths of strange augur above,
passenger back seat, white whisper of silence,
my immovable gaze, last laudable license.
Alpinia Purpurata pair blossoms,
longevity, strength, intense fiery passion,
from kingdom Cantata, host of red phantoms,
wealth beyond measure, diversity, concessions,
silken thread crystal womb,
golden vase scarlet bloom.
Fluttering heart dances, impaired vision strains,
where shall I take chance, destinations your aim,
shall I read your romance,
shall I tear you in chains,
shall I break free from trance,
shall I toss you unclaimed,
or shall you unopened remain.