Cactus flower


Through these nights and days

I brooded maroon dreams

seething from the sullen core,


turgid walls and speared spikes

my only defense against

the unrelenting cheerfulness of the sun


whilst they grew large,

clutched tight and curled

within a grey- green fist


until it can no longer be borne!

Everything hidden explodes in this stinking

star the shade of dried blood –


this, my reluctant offering, too strange

for the light of day, yet at night,

it glimmers, it glows.



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