killing a fern

it takes a lot to kill a fern
delicate filigree masking
tenacious determination
to cling onto life

your carer deprives you of water
slow abuse
sucking rich green veins
to browned desecration

crackle and snap
leaving crushed whispers

dust falling into earth
welcomed back

home

By Jane Ayres

Photo by Soumyabrata Roy “when an arrow kills someone.” Taken at Babughat, Kolkata, India.


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