Thursday, April 10, 2014

Future's Gardener

Head on a Stem, 'noir' by Odilon Redon

Bring me your beautiful, empty head -
the flower from your stem.
I'll crack it like a seed egg
so you can bloom again.

Give me your petal fingers.
Lend me your pollened palm.
Give me spit and sinew;
I'll glue the future on

to the natal roots you've grafted
to an heirloom's skin.
Let me dig down to your weedy pulse
and splice my sunlight in.

For Hedge's extremely cool prompt at Real Toads

18 comments:

hedgewitch said...

This is really perfect, MZ. From the knockout opening lines, to the last syllable this paints a very specific, telling portrait of someone as helplessly contrived as a flower, but persistent as a weed. You couldn't have written a better poem for this lithograph.

Sylvia K said...

One of your best, MZ, and considering your poems, that is, indeed, the best!! Have a lovely weekend!

Kathryn said...

Love the spit and sinew, the slicing and weedy pulse. Such a good write.

Sumana Roy said...

an empty head does need a cracking to bloom...the gardener's like a good teacher...
love the closing line..

Poet Laundry said...

Extremely cool poem to go with the extremely cool prompt!

Susan said...

And so we behead our roses while only half expired and they bloom again forever but all the scent is gone. Splice on, for as long as you can.

ccchampagne said...

Such a dark and powerful poem! Goes perfectly with the image! Beautiful, just beautiful!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Gorgeous, gritty, intense. You have a way of working positive and negative images together into a darkly beautiful concoction.

Fireblossom said...

I agree with Hedge. You rocked it. The language here is so incredible. Wow!

Brian Miller said...

there is a cool magic that flows through this...all the way from the title mz

Grandmother (Mary) said...

I love this and it's perfect with the noir.

Susie Clevenger said...

Goodness, what can I say except join in with all the others who have spoken before me that this is fantastic...It is one of my favorites!

Lorraine Renaud said...

Please do, the faster the better this is extraordinary Mama Zen

Karen said...

I have poem envy.

Yvonne Osborne said...

You always make me smile. From the opening killer line to the last let-me-down gently phrase. You are as masterly as the master Redon. I chose the boat, something simpler to wrap my empty head around!

Other Mary said...

Love it! Just love it.

Margaret said...

Well, the third reading I got a totally different image. Not so much a real "flower" anymore. Honestly, I read not a second (or third) time for clarity but for sheer enjoyment.

grapeling said...

brilliant ~