Datura blossom

Moon Lust, or My Father Explains ...How Mean Old Lady Pearson had Nine Children by Nine Men

            “She’s partial to datura.  You’ve seen it in her garden?  What your Grandmother calls moon bush?
            “Datura blooms at night, waiting not just for dusk, but for darkness that contains no moon, especially no full moon.  Datura hides its blossoms from scrutiny, or perhaps datura is jealous of anything brighter, more stunning than its own inverted vase, furled around stamen and pistil, all so hidden that the moon is brazen compared to datura’s modesty.
            “Sure, datura seems shriveled during the day, unappetizing, even ugly, just as the moon by daylight seems like a pale antique of a saucer.  At night, full and lush, the moon will make wolves howl and men jump from bridges. 
            “Datura can do the same thing, for anyone bold enough to find it at night, touch nose to the lip, opening full, ready to give everything, near scentless, but senseless in abandon.  It grows when others aren’t looking, taking up more garden space each night, season and year, growing wider and stronger.
            “And,” he concluded, “they’re all good-looking children.”

"Moon Lust, or My Father Explains . . ." first appeared in Leaning House

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