I wonder if Ms O’Keeffe knew flowers
were not made for humans
but were designed for insects, hummingbirds
bats-in short, pollinators.
Humans just think they were made for them
when they give them to their mothers
and other loved ones, in congratulations, at death.
And flowers get little in return.
Her flowers were said to be a means to make
the unknown known and she worked especially
long and hard on edges trying to fuse one surface
with another, smoothly and with grace
trying to remove difference. I wonder if every artist
has some object on which she works out her obsession.
The center of this white and black nautilus with wisps
of green or yellow in the curves
draws the viewer in like a flower would a pollinator.
I think perhaps she did know flowers.