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Star- like,  fiery symmetry, 
strong suggestion of a flower
but a betrayal of beauty
suspended on a
flesh- pink, chrichoid stalk,
A manifest illusion
of blood and mud

Brilliant, strange- compels the questions.
What silent signal from the dark ether
opened the vile smelling blossom? 
Was it borne forth from dormant spores,
its genesis sprung from hidden fungal roots?

A vision encountered by chance
A shocked foot held suspended
over this wonder, now transposed 
to a flower in nightmare dreams.


Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 8/17/2019 3:01:00 PM
Love this. Does it refer to that huge smelly flower that only blooms every few years? Anyway the poem rocks!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 8/17/2019 8:12:00 PM
Yes. Very smelly. I think it attracts insects to consume. The image had disappeared so I uploaded it again. Thanks for the kudos. SuZ
Date: 4/3/2016 1:14:00 AM
Did you find it here SuZ? I love learning of new species. I like that you wrote such a nice poem for this ugly duckling! Cheers, Connie ; )
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 4/7/2016 12:00:00 PM
Hi Connie: No this was taken in a cave in Australa by a journalist who was in my Nobby's Beach Poetry Circle on the Gold Coast. He shared it and invited us all to write a poem but I only got around to it lately. Funny how inspiration can hit years after the fact. Lol
Date: 3/31/2016 11:11:00 PM
"A manifest illusion of blood and mud" those lines... Very interesting verse here, quite an entertaining read..interesting ending too. Always, Laura
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Date: 4/7/2016 12:01:00 PM
Thanks Laura: Glad you enjoyed seeing this weird growth lol
Date: 3/30/2016 5:53:00 PM
A pleasure to read your verse this evening. But, boy is that one nightmare of a flower! Light & Love
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Date: 4/1/2016 2:58:00 AM
Lovely to see you Debbie: promise to visit soon. I have been crazy buzy. Hugs SuZ
Date: 3/29/2016 8:47:00 PM
It really is a gross looking plant, and you brought it out so well --- "betrayal of beauty" "flesh-pink" "blood and mud" ... sometimes we find surprising beauty in the unexpected ... and other times (like here) we find something putrid, in what is expected to be pretty. Not sure what to think of this mucous-like flower --- would be a bit afraid to touch it, to tell you the truth!
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Date: 3/29/2016 1:04:00 AM
Wonderful imagery, SuZ. An icky new species. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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Date: 3/28/2016 2:14:00 PM
fascinating imagery and image Suzanne :-) hugs jan xx
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