Natural Question


"Natural Question" is the fourth song of Paul Salerni's Flora, which sets five poems of John Updike.

Natural Question
by John Updike

What rich joke does
the comically spherical peony bud--
like the big button on a gong striker--
hold, that black ants
crawl all over its tie-dyed tightness,
as if to tickle it forth?

--John Updike: Collected Poems 1953-1993, pp. 180-181

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