The Language of Flowers

Stephen Jackson

London, United Kingdom

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…It began life as a flower-photograph, before being passed through many Photoshop generations. I wanted to do my best to capture the essence of something surging, something alive, rather than prosaic particulars…


Spare me the yellow loneliness
Of scorched afternoons, that gape like private deserts.
Spare me my skull, swathed in a sulphur dazzle
Of vindication (but not my vindication):
Where chokes a flightless, an imprisoned bird –
And on the inside: it’s all dark.

June 2004


How fast can living things revert to mud?
The beggar on a street is halfway there.
And, thanks to you, our mouths – yours and mine both –
Are gagging with the old sepulchral muck.
Because my beauty was not like yours
You said I was corrupt.
Like you, though, I wanted only to survive.
I did not intend – I did not plan –
My gain should be your loss. (They say one never does.)

Not that I ask for your blessing
Any more than you’ll seek mine:
With gallows humour, you used to joke,
I was a creature of limited thought
And immense powers of concentration.
Because (undisciplined, unaided) I didn’t know how
To die, you called me a social climber,
Troubled, in case I might be your one true son.
Let’s not play Pooh Sticks with
The Enlightenment game.
I had form. I had purpose: I had ambition.
I know my rights. I am a peacock,
A wet dream, the American dream.
What’s your modern fashion, to give the underdog
An innate moral innocence?
What’s with this sudden sanctity of yours,
Meaning that your way – and only yours –
Should be the one to live forever?

September 2006

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