After Jaqueline Saphra’s Cimex Lectularius

I have learned this week that silverweed
is soft to the touch but if you push her
her leaves fan out like small daggers
and that everything is perfect
which reminds me of Ragnarok
when brother shall fight brother
and man will fall

but the earth will go on as she does
which causes me to wonder
at all the ignored voices
while the powerful gather their power
around them like fig wasps
finding the perfect fig

which leads me back
to silverweed and her perfect

perhaps we should keep
our weapons gentle.

Image courtesy of Annie Spratt

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