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.
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 … .