“Georgia O’Keeffe Never Painted Vaginas”

By Delaney Burk

“Georgia O’Keeffe Never Painted Vaginas”
~Mara Tupper Burk (1962-2007)

red tulip blooms burst from the earth
pushing through the tiniest of surface spaces

tinted smile to the sky
tulip lips pull
two rows of imperfect coffee-stained teeth
chatter with summertime laughter

red hair and green thumbs
a color-coded pair
she whispers to her flowers
introducing her perennial babies to someone more
permanent

burnt fingertips colored with dirt
pause against rounded flesh
a pair of lips
a softer red
closer to the earth
consume and allow for internal growth

roots and stems
blood and bones
force her belly to bloom
forget-me-not fingers
tiger lily toes
euphorbia eyes
narcissus nose
a flower child born of a mother earth
coaxed from the body with promises of sweet kalmia kisses
and warm hydrangea hugs

i wish you could have seen my face
when i saw the o’keeffe book you got me for my birthday

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