Arthropodal Bloom — A Dream

An artfully augmented photo of peony flowers in full bloom.
“Arthropodal Bloom” — C.Birde, 7/21

No sooner

had they fallen,

that trembling sphere

of cicadas held immobile

& enmeshed in spider’s


Fallen & scattered

in arcane pattern strewn

over squares of white linen

spread over tar-papered


An arcane pattern

of gleeful arthropods

rewriting their future

as unbound individuals &


No sooner

had they fallen

into newfound freedom,

than they began,

in a grinning profusion

of pale pink petals,

to  b l o o m.

— C.Birde, 7/21

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