An Exhibition of the Painful Plants that Grow from My Organs
See them hack
away with their
See them contemplate
viscera, paint, and
See them emerge
in full bloom from
See them calmly
become thorns that
puncture vital parts.
See them release
their children into a pit
of stomach acid.
See them snarl
eyeless and lipless,
faces without meaning.
See them populate
the forest floor
See them sing
their roots deep
into my spine.
See them slice
the skin with talons
grown from mulch.
See them drain me.
I’m grateful to bask
in the sunlit pink
the nooses of clover.
I have faint memories
of my death: a cut up
siren awakes angry.
Acknowledgements (thank you):
Carrel, the God of Cubicles, son of Stakhla and Oleum
Silica, the Goddess of Glass, sister of Exaquaria
Loco, the God of the Trains, lover of Stakhla
Amber, the Goddess of Electricity, wife of Cable, mother of Elevare
Stakhla, the Goddess of Steel, daughter of Mason, mother of Loco and Carrel and Ingeny, and wife of Oleum, mistress of Loco, sister of Stratos and Chase
Oleum, the God of Oil, father of Loco, Ingeny, and Carrum, and husband of Stakhla, lover of Stratos
Exaquaria, the Goddess of the Sewer, half-sister of Silica, daughter of Gast and Demole
Stratos, the God of Roads, son of Mason, brother of Chase, mistress of Oleum
Torch, the God of Lamps, son of Pulpa, brother of Mason
Chase, the God of Parks, son of Mason, brother of Stratos and Stakhla
Pulpa, the Goddess of Paper, mother of Mason and Torch
Elevare, the Goddess of Elevators, daughter of Amber and Cable
Cable, the God of Wires, son of Demole, husband of Amber, father of Elevare
Mason, God of Construction, father of Stakhla, Stratos, Brug and Chase
Sciss, Goddess of Blades, wife of Mason, mother of Chase
Demole, the Goddess of Demolition, sister of Mason, mother of Cable and Exaquaria and Cowrie
Gast, the God of Waste, father of Exaquaria, husband of Demole, father of Exaquaria and Cowrie
Cowrie, the Goddess of Porcelain, daughter of Gast and Demole, sister of Exaquaria and half-sister of Cable
Carrum, the God of the Automobile, son of Oleum and Stratos
Ingeny, the Goddess of Engines, half-sister of Carrum, daughter of Oleum and Stakhla
Baeke, the God of Plastic, son of Oleum
Neon, the Goddess of Invention, mother of Mason and Juno
Juno, the Goddess of Money, sister of Mason
Smeaton, the God of Concrete, son of Mason
Alchemicus, the God of Chemicals, the brother of Neon
Sharkara, the Goddess of Sugar
Ergon, the God of Work and Energy, father of Sharkara, Mason, Amber, Oleum
Hvel, the God of Wheels
Vindauga, the Goddess of Windows, daughter of Silica and Hus
Brug, the God of Bridges, son of Mason
Hus, the God of Houses, brother of Pulpa
Bryan Edenfield was born in Arizona but has lived in Seattle since 2007. His work has most recently been published in the Construction Magazine, Meekling Review, Dryland, Plinth, Vanilla Sex Magazine, SUSAN: The Journal, and Fourth & Sycamore. He is currently one of the Jack Straw Writers for 2018.