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