Botanical Affair

Botanical Affair

A Poem by James McFadyen

Perhaps my first speaker from a female perspective is attempted within this piece.

Like a regal flower to the majestic bee
I found you and you found me
Enveloped in my petals, further you went
And drank my nectar to your hearts content 

The sun, how it shone! The blissful rays
Such gorgeous radiance, I forget the days
For time was impertinent, life stood still
You gulped and sucked at your own will

I was not afraid, my stigma exposed
For you my darling I would never be closed
Your love and intimacy makes me bloom
As sweet as the sugar you doth consume
-- -- --
You are done. Satisfied and full
You shake the pollen, I shiver in the dull
Lightless absence of a feeding sun.

Forget-me-not, is my only plea
But you dance away and buzz with glee
Despite my cries, despite my wails
You rush to mate with the other females

Like Lady's Slipper, more so, Scorpion Orchid
Your callous sting make even Roses most putrid 
Tis Love-in-a-mist. Alas my petals cry
They fall to the floor, I rot and die. 


© 2012 James McFadyen

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Yet another eloquent piece of poetry. Two suggestions if I may?

'As sweet as the sugar you doth consume'
'As sweet as the sugar that you consume' and

'You rush to mate with the other females'
'You rush to mate with more females

Posted 9 Years Ago

I was caught up in that flower's love affair!!
That takes skill, let me tell you!
"You are done. Satisfied and full

You shake the pollen, I shiver in the dull

Lightless absence of a feeding sun."

this had only 3 lines whereas your others had 4 and didn't continue the rhyme scheme--did a line fail to print out?

Posted 10 Years Ago

Your son has inherited your master of rhyme and flow, J. Absolutely gorgeous

Posted 10 Years Ago

I love this. It all flowed so nicely as I read it.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Aw . . . that poor flower. The best bees are always heartless b******s, ain't they?

Posted 10 Years Ago

Excellent piece. I read and review your father's work and find yours to be just as enjoyable to read.

Posted 10 Years Ago

This is a great poem... The imagery and description is great and the use of characters... (:

Posted 10 Years Ago

i realy enjoyed this cleverly done poem. The sensuality was breathtaking. I thought this poem flowed well except for the line ' your callous sting make even roses most putrid' this seemed to hold too many syllables to fit with the rest of the poems rhythm - but this is only my opinion and I could be wrong. great poem and beautifully written

Posted 10 Years Ago

Great write.
You have named the piece, "Botanical Affair" since it tells about flowers.
Shelley Holt-Lowrey appreciated the poem and referred to it as a Biology 101 lesson.
As an entomologist,I may plead for Entomology too as the pollinator is a bee which belongs to Entomology.
How would you like the title of the poem beyond the science it belongs to.
Could you consider the name Love-in-a-mist or anything else.

Posted 10 Years Ago

James McFadyen

10 Years Ago

Thank you for the review. I am relieved that the allusions to entomology are valid in this piece, th.. read more

10 Years Ago

You are most welcome,James.
I appreciate your strength of decision.
I Have not written a.. read more

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Added on August 20, 2012
Last Updated on August 24, 2012


James McFadyen
James McFadyen

London, Middlesex, United Kingdom

Graduate from the University of Exeter: BA HONS English Literature with Creative Writing (Study Abroad) Former English Language Teacher in Hanoi, Vietnam. more..


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