Bloom

by Matthew Broomfield

 

“On entendait alors les véhicules cahoter encore dans la nuit d’été, avec leur chargement de fleurs et de morts.”- Camus

 

Dandelions disperse seeds upon currents of air
The plague is borne by rats in their gut, skin and hair
Pustules swiftly blossom on the victims it consumes
It takes the desert rose many years to come to bloom

Symptoms include weakness and blood in your phlegm
Gladioli bloom yearly from a thick woody stem
Plague often festers in the uterus or womb
It takes the desert rose many years to come to bloom

The plague is bad for commerce, investment and trade
Azaleas grow in sunlight dappled with shade
Grave-robbers grow fat off the riches they exhume
It takes the desert rose many years to come to bloom

Rhododendrons are praised for their heavenly scent
As the stench of moratoria slowly ferments
People wait for vaccines whilst kings place wreaths on tombs
It takes the desert rose many years to come to bloom

A flower without water will wither and die
people without water will not stand idly by
Rage slowly blossoms in hospital waiting rooms
After many years, the desert rose has come to bloom

 

Matthew Broomfield
Bloom by Matthew Broomfield first appeared in Issue 1 of Bare Fiction Magazine (December 2013).