c o n t e n t s

Lotus 

   Violet

     Iris

              Pansy

        Marigold

                 Ivy

Primrose

L o t u s  i n  t h e  G a r d e n

Lotus

I was captivated by the first traces of light that bounced 

               between ripples in the sky as you danced across the dawn 

Your allure neither ignorant nor oppressed 

 

But hesitation caught in the undertow of each spill to

               your skin from my dew-coated eyes crashed against the flow of

                              promises dripping off your tongue

Giving the daylight more time

 

To unfold me slowly, pausing for breath in the lull of

               tranquil nights spent coaxing lucid dreams through my veins

I was intoxicated by your sight

 

But what I could not see instilled the wrong kind of

               interest in my mind, curiosity playing me the fool I'd so 

                              easily become

Until I was gently pulled apart

 

One soft petal at a time, unable to ignore the burning

               particles in the air that blurred sanity with sincerity

Swallowed whole in your spite

 

Only to be reborn from thick strokes of grime painting

               clear waters opaque, freed like dry eyes from heavy lids

I emerged, clean and pure

 

Dripping in victory and knowledge meant to distill

               from my body and bless the world with my beauty

Oh, What a purpose to be had

 

But I was unaware of my lifeline coiled up in your rays,

               doomed to fall beneath the horizon just as quickly as I came

Left suspended, a gentle cry

 

That even the scum of the Earth can offspring

               wondrous things, and I refuse to fade under your withering gaze

Lest your light leave me blind

 

Violet

               Bare flesh and damp sheets

curled up in their

                            promiscuous intent

Hiding shame and regret

                               we do not deserve

 

               Your absence is felt

in the dreams of

                           infant hearts

But I revel in the space

                      you can’t reach

 

               And when tender veins burst

stinging eyes with

                                               tears of rage

Your screams, they’ll yearn

                                       for my company

Iris

Let bygones effloresce

               the old nurtures the new

Each fresh vessel of the Earth

                rebirths meaning in its hollows

 

Say, who are you to me-

               who am I to anyone?

We are perennial,

                in hope, in faith, in theory

 

Let it be known

               all sinners were once saints;

The light creates the dark

               and we’re all painfully the same

 
 

Pansy

You are a pansy

                                        That is,

                    you pense dandily

Imagine lovely things

                              where others

                                  see tragedy

Consider everything

                            vividly subtle;

                        pastel saturation

You are a pansy

 

Ivy

Tangled up in your sweet

berry lips and rough cheeks.

 

Mangled bones growing weak

as frail twigs between teeth.

 

Holly, darling, it seems

              I can’t breathe.

Marigold

Marigold,

Fairygold

What do you see?

Jealousy hiding behind red lids,

asleep

 

Marigold,

Fairygold

What have you done?

Cast hatred in flames to watch the

lions run

Primrose

We all blossom the same

Our stems parallel by nature

Then practice for space.