"dazzle gradually"

"Dazzle Gradually" 2016 poems, paintings, new art & photography--a diary, a discipline, a delight. Read over my shoulder as I post my unedited poetry ---you can see it in the raw.

Polly Alice

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Paper White

    Narcissus papyraceus
    an argonaut, you float-
    albino roots swim
    in the clear glass vase
    at the minimart.

    Poor paper white,
    you've never
    imagined color--
    couldn't understand
    the sun. Forced

    No wonder you
    are such a liar.
    Doubled life half lived-
    Alive in a jar
    without soil.

    A seed without
    a place to land
    doesn't even make
    it into His allegory.
    Soil-less hardly
    an option unless
    it's the asphalt.

    You hold your
    words inside
    forming them
    then spit them out
    each carved with a
    knife, chin up.
    Your smile side-
    ways hides

    A fist where
    a heart should be,
    roots like fingers

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