Bloodroot

This entry is part 25 of 29 in the series Wildflower Poems

Bloodroot by Jennifer Schlick

Sanguinaria canadensis

The red juice of its root
has nothing to do with love
& everything with war, caustic enough
to leave permanent scars on the skin,
burn out cancer, repel insects,
& once to give Indian warriors
their fabled hue. But it isn’t just
the blood-red color;
see how the anthers circle
a pale heart. How the tender
young plant embraces itself
like a bat with its one green wing.
Dig up a bloodroot & watch a tremor
travel through the patch,
connected by something
far thicker than water.

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  1. Loving this and the whole series! So glad you are viewing the up-close reality of flowers–their beauty, but also their natural functions and importance! Indeed, no “flowery language,” no easy dismissing of “flower poems.” Thank you! Thank you for seeing and speaking.

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