Pink Poison

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub:  Poetics With Poisonous Plants  (posted by Bjorn)
“Today I wish you to use the name of poisonous plants in your poetry. For me there is a poetic beauty such lethal names as nightshade, belladonna, wolfsbane, foxglove and hemlock. Among poisonous plants are also the famous plants we use for drugs: poppy, hemp and tobacco.”


Luscious luring leaves
of fuchsia oleander
meander along
a garden wall.
They beckon. They call.
Sirens of the flower
world, curled fingers
of sin. Come near,
they whisper, feel
our petals. Do not fear
our bitter scent.
Are you a man
or a corpse?

Poetics with poisonous plants

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to Pink Poison

  1. MYRNA ZACH says:

    Maybe that;s why Irv didn’t like pink



  2. rothpoetry says:

    Loved the flower Sirens and the curled fingers of sin…. a great description of deadly seduction!


  3. Sue Anderson says:

    I grew up with oleanders in my yard. They were indeed seductive to me. I always longed to pick them, but my mom warned us away. Enjoyed your poem and the memories.


  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Deliciously dark and enticing! 😉


  5. Like many things tempting it can be deadly…

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  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice phrase: “Sirens of the flower

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  7. Grace says:

    Hopefully still alive and not a corpse ~ These pink flowers are deadly ~


  8. ladynimue says:

    Quite deadly and yet so enticing.


  9. Beware that intoxicating beauty my dear! Wonderful, Sara! New York must be an exciting place to live! I’ve never been.


  10. MNL says:

    love that last line, “are you a man or a corpse?” Love the poem!


  11. jazzytower says:

    Beautifully done!


  12. Oooooo, nice! Love the ending.


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