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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