In oriental Buddhism, there is a layer of hell where the sinners’ flesh is decomposed into the shape of lotus flower. However, the pleasure of sin is like an overnight blossom of orchid cactus that lasts transiently in darkness. Here I borrow the metaphor from Shakespeare’s Macbeth where Lady Macbeth utters “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/Clean from my hand?” to embody the concept of evil as well as sin. A pair of guilty hands holding a blossom of orchid cactus symbolizes the pleasure of sin, which is an endless knot (the symbol over the left corner) that descends you into a flower-like hell where you may use your body to write your own story in blood.
This can be my intercultural interpretation of Les Fleurs du mal.