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heliotrope

as distinctly as sunset
we recall the hue of your rise
bred on slaughterhouse smoke
your exhalations burn the world
with violence obscure
color as dead
as the language of your kiss
always known to men
who’ve thought ourselves elevated
rarified
but were only ever disciples
of some god long decayed
we’ve all been fooled by your flare
seeing sustenance
in your predatory shine
an exquisite bloom
reaping as it’s devoured
a terrible nebula
entrancing all who dare gaze
Hadean saturation
then like some mismatched myth
our wings all melt
the pomegranate is hollow
and we’ve fed the smoldering walls
of your cinder womb

heliotrope

Raz Solo

Macquarie Park, Australia

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Artist's Description

This isn’t really drawn from my personal experience…I just really like the word heliotrope and wanted to write a piece. Heliotrope is a kind of obscure color, it’s a color that was used in Victorian mourning, and it’s a plant which poisons and kills sheep and cattle. It makes me think of the kind of ex you have who seems amazing at the time but is actually really toxic and leaves a trail of damaged partners behind them.

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