The python plant …

Dark bloom the flowers of the python plant.

Parchment petals, mottled and marbled

like sloughed skin,

camouflage the cankered heart within ..

herpetic tendrils snake through the night

strangling and compressing;

distorted lianas obscuring the light.

Moonless …

still the moths gather;

their charcoal wings fanning the foetid air ..

The flowers of evil attract and repel :

the flowers of evil are rooted in hell … .

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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6 Responses to The python plant …

  1. abichica says:

    woowww.. that tree is just scary and the poem is wonderful.. πŸ˜€

  2. atomsofstars says:

    Good morning, abichica ….

    Yes, it is rather sinister looking so it seemed an appropriate photo here πŸ™‚

    Thank you very much for your kind opinion on this poem and for taking the time to call by today.

  3. JM says:

    Hello, Marya,

    There’s nothing like a python plant to get me baffled and scampering for the safety of my little den in Lark Rise (or is it Candleford?). Isn’t it interesting how we perceive the shapes of nature in forms that match our concerns? Was it STC who remarked that, if you would understand nature, examine within ; and if you would understand yourself, look without ! Dare one put such a poetical opinion to a poet? even to an Eve of a poet? πŸ˜‰

    I hope your weather is as kind as ours is at the moment.

  4. atomsofstars says:

    Hello Jamie ….
    that first sentence is so funny πŸ™‚

    Yes it is … I’m reminded of Shakespeare’s thought that at night a bush becomes a bear .. I don’t know the exact quote off the top of my head but it was in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    Sounds Coleridgean! All poetical opinions gratefully received by me although I cannot vouch for Eve’s literary tastes.:-)

    It’s a lovely bright and sunny morning here, too .. a great tonic after some dull, damp days.

  5. Nicole says:

    So natural. Absolutely gorgeous.

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