Coleus and Oleander

coleus

I found a girl in my garden
between the coleus and oleander,

who, by mushroom and moonlight,
became a feather-armed woman,
a secretary bird.

Serpents had troubled me,
on my floors,
and in my hair.

Deliverer,
white as a bride,
bringer of blood and nightheat,

whisper me coleus and oleander,
my hair--my vanity--unbound.
________

for Flash 55 at Real Toads.


Comments

brudberg said…
Serpents in your hair - to my a great medusa reference.. The use of flower names is a great addition to the image you create.
hedgewitch said…
This is intricate as a coiled bouffant of snakes, and as beautiful as both the named plants. You show us how we often are looking towards the Other for what makes us bloom, and of course, for the banishment of our serpents. I love the secretary bird.
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Sherry Blue Sky said…
Love the "feather-armed woman, secretary bird."
Magaly Guerrero said…
I love the fairy tale your words weave... Dark but never lost. And fun, always fun.
Hannah said…
SO COOL!!! I just love this bird that you brought to us, Shay...I have never heard of this one...so neat that it's legs are half-feathered and the rest scales...this creature looks nearly mythical and you, I think, did just that...brought her to life with fantasy and flair...much enjoyed!
Kerry O'Connor said…
Sightings of secretary birds are rare. I've only seen them a few times myself so you were very lucky to catch a glimpse between of your girl between the bushes in your garden. Watch out for the oleander, though, it's a killer!

:-)
Unknown said…
"Shay's Word Garden" has been included in our A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that we hope this helps to point even more visitors in your direction.

http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-sunday-drive.html
Lydia said…
Isn't hedgewitch's comment the perfect one for this sublimely hot poem? I think so! Your poem caught me in a certain space tonight.....it was an ideal match.
Unknown said…
A beautifully eerie feel to your words. There is something magical about those secretary birds. :-)

http://encyclopedianetherworld.blogspot.com/2014/08/k-is-for-kids.html
Mr Puddy said…
I'm so happy & do tip toes dancing once I know you are going to get a kitty !
Bosco can in charge the floor, the rest kitty can do it ...tee..heh
Susan said…
What an amazing friend to have, stomp, stomp--a Thumper of another kind than Bambi's. Amazing film. Amazing vanity.
Mama Zen said…
Beautiful, dark magic.
Unknown said…
that is beautifully creative!!
The Bizza said…
This reads like an eloquent incantation or spell, and I am transfixed by it.
Outlawyer said…
We all ne├ęd a good secretary. Together us out of these tangles. Thanks, Shay. K. Manicddaily on wordpress.
Marian said…
send that Deliverer over here, if you would.
Lolamouse said…
Never heard of a secretary bird before! Very cool. I do have some coleus that needs to be planted in my yard. Your poem reminded me!

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