atropa belladonna

dancing down to the end of your garden, an unusual plant
grows by your toes. cautious but curious
you notice the small and maybe injurious berries that
make you smile, as they ripen in style, dilating your pupils
as you commit to the berry and it’s sweetness,
but you were unwary of the deepness
and the side-effects in the complex
of the atropa belladonna berries.

the bells of the belladonna swing and ring in the sunlight
as the bell blooms into bountiful, beautiful berries that
encase
a poison

bitter to the tongue
and destroyer of the young love
that you so thought you found,
growing rapidly out of the ground.

‘WARNING:
ATROPA BELLADONNA BERRIES (ALSO
KNOWN AS ‘DEADLY NIGHTSHADE’ ARE
EXTREMELY POISONOUS AND WILL CAUSE
HALLUCINATIONS AND BIZARRE DELIRIUM’

the infusion of confusion and exclusion
as the juice bursts and runs off of your lips
blood red
mudded mind
wilted head,
yet still intertwined

atropa belladonna has captured your brain
and will make you go insane
because you’ll never, ever,
be able to forget that name.

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