Indian pipes at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Emmet County, Michigan, several years ago.
I had never seen such a large clump before.
Look, I said, Indian pipes
flowers for ghosts.
You stopped to gather a few
of the livid blooms, then we
went on through deepening woods.
You walk there still---
ghost flowers withering
in your hands, long since a ghost.
Robert Hayden (1913-1980)
The New Yorker, June 23, 2014, page 44.