3.31.2011

exfoliate

peel it back
papery

  crisp
    resistant
teary
 

pick
  soft
    burning 
  raw
inexplicable

    purple bruise
  pulsing

poke it

revealing
  me
    mine

what
is kept
   inside

please
let
the ants
   crawl
     over me

     i will bloom
  extravagantly
lustily
        without hesitation.

18 comments:

  1. this has really great imagery. i like the pacing of it, slightly frenetic, almost like watching a time lapse of wilt and decay and then new seedling. great build at the end!

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  2. yay, thanks xo
    i know it's a myth that ants cause a peony bud to bloom but i wanna perpetuate it because it's beautiful

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  3. THAT'S the name of the flower! I was struggling to remember! (Whew! Thanks, Marian!)

    I remember, as a child, my neighbors had peonies planted along their house. I'd always see them covered with ants.

    Loved your description - elegant and personal.

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  4. peonies are my favorite & i always thought it was cool that they attract ants.

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  5. ooh. I love this.

    i will bloom
    extravagantly
    lustily
    without hesitation.

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  6. peonies? totally lusty flowers.

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  7. Great piece... I honestly have no idea what you're talking about, but it doesn't matter. :)

    Cheers,

    Casey

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  8. what's it about? up to you :)

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  9. gorgeous luscious magnificent

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  10. I love the image of the bruise. No matter how ugly, it's true to its nature.

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  11. I love flowers and anything that reminds me of romance & love, but the ants crawling...nope!

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  12. "it's a thin line between pleasure and pain"

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