Death Angels

Since this was written two years ago, I’ve learned there are four types of carnivorous plants native to the area.  There are, in addition to pitcher plants, butterworts, sundews, and bladderworts.


Tiger swallowtail

Flitted among a coven

O hooded ultraviolet

Death angels

Guarding portals

To destruction

Ultimate, sweet

Sticky, temptation

Enticed, the uncaring

The unwary

To join them

Along hollowed


Paths of fate

Image, Alabama Nature Conservancy–


funhouse mirrorsExpanding waistline
Too tight clothes
Why just one?
I’ll have two of those
Bathroom scale
No longer my friend
Love handles, double chins
Payment for dietary sins

 Funhouse bathroom mirror
Objects larger than appeared
Frightening, wiggly, jiggly things
Temptation mocked with nightmarish glee
French fries, onion rings
Unhealthy snacks
Not good for me

 Deep fried heart attacks
Double jumbo burgers
With extra cheese
Peanut clusters
Ju-Ju Bees

 Spirit was willing
The body was weak
Help! Peach cheesecake!
Is tempting me!