Drip Dry

drip dry
madly flutter
old shell, cracked, fell away
wet, new life shivers in the breeze
strong feet hold fast to the bark of the branch
an upside down captivity
short delay, swallowtail
takes flight once wings
drip dry

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Softly

softly
barely blushing
flower bud cracks open
the season’s bloom is unabashed
invites winged lover with petals open
tempting the lusty appetite
lest the nectar meal pass
butterfly lands
softly

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The Paint Brush

paint brush
in growing hands
my dreaming progeny
experiments in bold color
unabashed, she crafts O’Keeffe in abstract
flower frolics across canvass
young fingers in the lead
such fortunate
paint brush

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Within

within
petalled package
life flashes its allure
seduction in brilliant color
winged lover uncoils lusty proboscis
probing, scatters dust of pollen
taps a hidden delight
waking the seed
within

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Dreaming

dreaming
to rainy beat
through the open window
the storm’s falling tears beckon me
carry me on waves through tempest-tossed night
I cascade over waterfalls
and drift on oceans calm
wash up on shore
dreaming

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Nectar

beckon
winged company
through a blushing appeal
each petal, an invitation
treasure map to ambrosia concealed
butterfly moves proboscis probe
seeks nectar to consume
as soft flowers
beckon

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A Marauder’s Sleep

I sleep
a down pillow
anchors my weary head
while thoughts soar wildly unbounded
and sail on clouds, stealing the dark night’s gems
this pirate plunders the heavens
and burns stars into dreams
adventuresome
I sleep

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Paint

paint me
with feather brush
dust skin with blushing hues
or stroke boldly with oil pastels
brave lovers meld in hot, brazen colors
tempting a sweet meal of nectar
a petal’s plain request
of Nature’s hand
paint me

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Bleed

bleed red
the deep wounds flow
dressings stain crimson hues
from battlegrounds ubiquitous
suffering erects no bigoted walls
but into each culture’s bed climbs
disturbing the soul’s sleep
all humankind
bleed red

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