Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Green Skin

Reworked the previous into a sonnet. All my friends swear I'm a reptile.

Photosynthesis can make you drunk
in summer heat and sunlight, just as if
you were saguaro, tall and leafless trunk
all tilting-tipsy on aperitifs
of carbohydrate. Sugar-high: the curse
of C4 metabolic pathways, sweet
intoxication. Fire in reverse,
producing fuel and absorbing heat!

The mercury has overflowed the glass
like syrup-sap that drips from cactus limbs
while bees are humming nectar-loving hymns.
O scorching summer, all too soon to pass
but bless me as you bless the cactus skin,
free energy for all we lizard kin.

Collection available! Knocking from Inside

5 comments:

Steve Perry said...

That's because you are a reptile. Temperature drops below ninety, you go into hibernation ...

Mary Lee said...

Love the idea of photosynthesis as "fire in reverse!"

Dan Gambiera said...

Now, if you're really into green skin and can stay underwater for unnaturally long periods I have a suggestion...

Sylvia Vardell said...

Love your almost-creepy sonnet! Thanks for joining in the Poetry Friday gathering.
Sylvia

cassowary said...

This is gorgeous.

Nice seeing you in Raintown with all our friends.

Rick