Spider Lily Red – a very short story.

Red spider lilies in full bloom, Autumn in Japan.

“…She’s photographing us…”
their whispers echo, the riverside murmur
Red Spider Lilies.

Autumn in rural Japan, colors are subdued
except for patches of bright blood red,
Spider Lily Red.

Got me an ancient silk in the Spider Lily Red
once worn upon the skin, an innermost thread.
Flashing red under a coat of subtlety
with dye that bleeds just like the blood.

Red spider lilies blooming in rice field, Japan.

Originally posted on Cowbird.com on October 2, 2012. Photos are from Autumn 2013.