Wednesday, 15 June 2022

A Serious Experiment

by Nick Gisburne

We’ve added something special to your blood,
A serious experiment, a test.
Be wary when your skin begins to bud;
Its flowers can be vicious when distressed.
The species we injected has a name,
But not in any language you could speak.
We need to know the world from which it came,
Before your brain and bones become too weak.
The visions and the voices you will hear
Should focus as infection grips your glands.
To stop its tendrils spreading, have no fear,
Our botanist removed your feet and hands.
    We think we’ll have an antidote, today.
    If not, you’ll make a beautiful bouquet.