Flirty fan palms
rising confidently on delicate trunks
like courtesans of the rainforest.
spreading their crimped mandalas high above
the chaos of the forest floor, a dense green tangle of diversity
spotted with poisonous fruits in lolly colours.
I am the plain and earnest student,
come shyly to study the lush abandon
of the tropics, to learn
how to live lavishly
on an impoverished planet
in this greenness my blood runs ruby