Dance of the Yellow Lady’s-slipper Orchid

Caught you dancing
with moss and dwarf willow,
with cloudberry and Labrador tea.

Dance until your petals fall,
until the autumn wind
catches your tiny seeds
and carries the dance everywhere.

You were fragile then,
now choreographed by memory
– twice-lived lover of fens!

Poem & Photograph by Richard LeBlond

Richard LeBlond is a retired biologist living in North Carolina. His essays and photographs have appeared in many U.S. and international journals, and his essay collection, Homesick for Nowhere, won a 2022 EastOver Press prize for nonfiction. His work has been nominated for “Best American Travel Writing” and “Best of the Net.”