Red Canna

I have been thinking of this painting for some time
ever since a woman, a patient of mine
said her vagina is as ugly as can be.

Look to Georgia I replied, Ms. O’keeffe
painted flowers that were petals of hot
red lava folding
and unfolding
undulating in heat

Look to Georgia
red canna is what I see
when I am opening up
my body to the universe(al) O
visions of life as a pretty red flower
where lips part with pleasure
always.

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