elongated and slender
plump petals bred in peaty
corners: calcareous places:
quagmires with creeping vines.
Siliceous fruiting: rooting: ripe,
lolling obscenely in saline. Medicinal
waters to cure melancholia: brackish:
tactile truth: the tub’s growing small
plants between the cracks; beets stain
the sink. Showers last hours: ferns
and nerves. Pale, flooded veins:
the logic of pressed daffodils: killing
for the sake of preservation.
Palimpsest parchment: paste-like
vellum virtues: backroom
graffiti serendipity: leaf-mold on
mildewed crates: becoming naturalized,
dangled and drooped: herbaceous.
Gloomy glumes, thick and pulpy:
jointed and juicy, spreading
like stolons: short-awned palea:
polygamodioecious and perfect,
pale and plum-colored ticklegrass
and feminine herbs: heart plants, bruised
bulbs. Catkins and pinecones
you can’t swallow.
Tyler Friend is an apricot/human hybrid grown in Tennessee. Their chapbook Ampersonate is available from Choose the Sword press, and their poems have appeared in places like Tin House, Hobart, and the window of a bar called Charlie O’s World Famous.