African Tulip (Spathodea)

Gladius Poeticus

Spathodea

African Tulip

Your fantastic bloom

Is all over the Caribbean

You can do amazing things

The water, they say

Gathered in the cup

Of your flaming red flower

Is not only for hummingbirds

That drinking it cures asthma

That making love under your tree

Keeps pregnancy away

Local lore I’m sure

But nonetheless, a great story

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