Heart and Guts Make the Blooms Grow Brighter

Even if rather luscious, the deadheaded remains
of a fleshed and boned human was not my idea
for proper stalk. But who can argue with Red?
None who values all her petals attached
to the same bloom. Red delights in peculiar fun,

best when speckled with vivid bits of blood-red.
“Chlorophyll is for leafy vegetables,” she said,
“heart and guts make the blooms grow brighter.”

Most tulips I know thrive rooting in sandy soil,
well drained, stimulated by sun, moon, rain…
But who can argue with Red? None who wants
to grow. “These roots were made for walking
in painted wooden shoes”, she said,

and we walked with Red, blooming
in borrowed flesh.
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written for Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2016 (Day 7)—Of Peculiar Fun and Me
and
the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads – In The Remains of This Month (April!)

Art by Caitlynn Abdow
artwork, by Caitlynn Abdow
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57 thoughts on “Heart and Guts Make the Blooms Grow Brighter

  1. and we walked with Red, blooming
    in borrowed flesh…

    Whistles!! 😀 this is absolutely stunning! Your closing lines are pure magic! <3
    Beautifully executed.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

  2. and we walked with Red,
    blooming in borrowed flesh.

    What can go wrong with red? Three little girls had a lot going for them with red if they decided to do so. Great lines Magaly!

    Hank

  3. Is it ok to say I struggled to get passed the opening line…it’s lusciousness sent my mind spinning into realms that should be locked off 😀 XXX

  4. I do like the way you use color.. and red means so much that we are taught to stay away from, and therefore is the most tempting… and I do like how you use it both for real and metaphorically.

  5. The matter of fact surrealism makes for very witty work. Quirky and fun with just a surface read, but I think there is lots to be mined in re-reading beyond simple enjoyment.

  6. Love your play on ‘these boots are made for walking’—-so imaginative and clever. And, also, these lines: “But who can argue with Red?
    None who values all her petals attached
    to the same bloom.”

    Oooh…Red is a little dangerous…I’d like to keep all my petals attached, thank you very kindly 😉 Your mind is a brilliant one, Magaly!!

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