Capturing The Moment — Night-Blooming Cereus In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

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The Night-Blooming Cereus

And so for nights
we waited, hoping to see
the heavy bud
break into flower.

On its neck-like tube
hooking down from the edge
of the leaf-branch
nearly to the floor,

the bud packed
tight with its miracle swayed
stiffly on breaths
of air, moved

as though impelled
by stirrings within itself.
It repelled as much
as it fascinated me

sometimes – snake,
eyeless bird head,
beak that would gape
with grotesque life-squawk.

— from “Night-Blooming Cereus” by Robert Hayden

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2 responses to “Capturing The Moment — Night-Blooming Cereus In Sabino Canyon

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