The Bouquet


Mark Andrew Holmes

In inky darkness like lampblack

Amid a backdrop of clustered, scattered stars

Uniformly blue-white

With a Vega as the centerpiece

Highlighted by fulvous light from nowhere...

Grow chatoyant multihued orchids

In loud fluorescent hues, all colors in and out of the rainbow—

Infinite combinations—

All in huddled symmetrical astonishing profusion...

All dripping crystalline beads of deadly nectar that seem to implore the unwary to drink—

A corsage for a Titan...a tenebrous night-thing that would shriek at the daylight...

Rheumy, pallid eyes assaulted by the abomination

Of blue skies and sunshine.

© 2004 by Mark Andrew Holmes.

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