White Orchids – by Gabrielle Langley


You have to be careful
with these flowers
mist them each morning
filter their light from South-facing windows
shield them
from the drafts that haunt
these old buildings.

I lay myself down beside their arcing stems
in the silence you have left.
The orchids are a part of this silence.

Like branches of sleeping butterflies
suspended …
slender branches reaching
for the empty other half of the bed.




Gabrielle Langley is an award winning poet living in Houston, Texas. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals. During the day, Ms. Langley works as a mental health professional. To safeguard her own mental health, she writes poetry and dances Argentine tango at night.