Outside my kitchen window, a jungle
Steams rampant after morning rain.
Creeping snake-like tendrils strangle
Branches seeping with Bougainvillea stain
And laden with elephant epiphytes.
Wildlife sips from overflowing orchids
Among leaves the colour of essonite
And bubbling tanks of bromeliads.
Vanilla vapours of aromatic pollen
Cling to humming birds and bees
That buzz among blazing heliconias and fall in
Pitcher plants lurking below the trees.
Tigers meld with leaves and shadows,
Pad softly on the jungle floor;
They skulk outside my kitchen window,
Where they often growl and roar.
© Kim M. Russell, 2016