Kiss of Fig

The following was inspired by this lovely photo from Laurie W. Smith who was kind enough to let me post it here 🙂




The bliss of fig

embraces, nutrients tap

from its host for its own good

The curse of fig

nooses, chokes and wraps

killing the host where it stood

The kiss of fig

seduces root and sap

trapping the ghost in wood


~Melanie Blackwell


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17 responses to “Kiss of Fig

  1. I loved this poem. It was like a sweet strangulation; endearing, and yet…

  2. Oh, Melanie. That says so very, very much about everything. Life. The embrace, the death, the holding on. Killing the thing you need to live. This has so many angles, so much depth. So many good lessons to be learned from this. And the tree unable to save itself. The power-hungry, 1%, sucking the life out of our planet, killing it until all that will be left will be the ghosts of what once was and then, not even that will remain. And we refuse to save ourselves. So powerful…on so many levels. This is such an important poem. You said I could reblog your work so…

  3. Reblogged this on Rethinking Life and commented:
    Melanie wrote this important poem. To me, it speaks of many things, relationships and the world in which we currently live. The greedy and rich have attached themselves to the earth and are sucking the life out of it…soon all that will be left are the ghostly images of what once was, held in place by their desperate and still greedy claws. Thank you Melanie. So very much.

  4. Beautiful verse and an AMAZING photo! 🙂

  5. laurie27wsmith

    You certainly brought my picture to life Melanie.

  6. Fantastic shot….love the progression of your words. The last one is my favorite!!

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