Violent Bamboo

by Dave Sciuto
(Dunstable MA)

Narcisstic Belladonna in foxgloves, look lively!
Jerusalem's Cherry laureled with Devil's Ivy
Glide like shades of blacken'd Night
And pass betwix beams of Luna's Light

Diva East's mind, an oriental puzzle,
Bound, gagg'd, and muzzl'd
Tied to the gnarled tree of Nature's gallows
And shot in vain with Sebastian's arrows.

Evil's fruit watch'd by writhing snakes
Polished to perfection by William Blake
Given to Adam and pluck'd by Eve
Lie lifeless & still 'neath a poison'd tree.

Through the Garden's prattle
The Violent Bamboo writhes
Weary from battle.
The moon moans & rattles
As it scrapes across the gun-metal sky.

Fairy light beyond the grove
A lighthouse beacon in a Devil's Cove
Betwix the Bamboo boughs that part
To expose thy thumping, thorny heart.

Windswept whispers from yonder grave
Sit with me in the grotto's darkest enclave
And converse in verses with the Dead below
My lover, in life, of long ago.

While through the Garden's prattle
The Violent Bamboo writhes
Weary from battle.
The moon moans & rattles
As it scrapes across the rusted sky.

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