Phalaenopsis Orchid
Waiting Room at Gentle Dental


Suddenly I felt joy seeing you—
beautifully arranged with care
by an Ikebana master who knows
divine proportion so I breathe in
this elegance that is refreshing.

I've pondered why you've touched me—
not because of your eight petals
on the eight flowers reminding me
of the I Ching's 64 hexagrams,
or your name Phalaenopsis given
by Carl Linnaeus for looking like
moths in flight or diving into flames,

but by your bending as flowers do
toward sunlight thanking the Father
for nourishment from seed to fruit,
learning from you how to be humble
and how to pray with curving grace.

            — Peter Y. Chou
                Mountain View, 5-4-2010