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Venus fly trap

by John Ilotan

Even from her friends
she hides her face

this deliberate facade
pale yellow and white
a delicate sub-tropical orchid
shaded by deep green, dew streaked
leafy fronds, so exotic, so fragrant
that he falls
headlong into eyes
that sigh and flutter
breathless wingbeats in
the heart of a tiny bird

such a subtle smile
plays on her fruitstained lips
slick and dripping
with the nectar of desire
that he falls
headlong into a mouth
so soft, so sweet
so full of teeth
needing young red meat

She'll eat him alive.


Posted on 05/21/2003
Copyright © 2020 John Ilotan

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Agnes Eva on 05/22/03 at 04:57 AM

i love the juxtaposition of the second and third stanzas- how the same positive scene breaks down into its voracious negative surreality, heheh. really great visual poem :)

Posted by Rommel Cruz on 05/23/03 at 02:28 AM


Posted by Quinlan L Gibson on 06/02/03 at 08:25 PM

Aw, you DID write a poem about me!! Thank you!! Really, this is so cool..I can relate to this... don't be scared..

Posted by Teri T Lahmon on 07/23/03 at 01:44 PM

I love the imagery of this poem. The way the softess, desire and danger intertwine. Well done.

Posted by Vimal Rony on 07/30/04 at 10:25 PM

Uniquely John!BTW why haven't u written anything lately?

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