Not Flowers

This thing that happens 
before runner beans;
a disobedient scarlet
searches for a way out
 
choked in black flies
and the tragedy of bees
and everything focused
on metamorphosis
 
like this orchid tenderness
was the caterpillar part–
a small beauty, lost
in a larger reckoning
 
and they are still,
not flowers
when they fade
the way that roses do