mesocarp
step four: orientation
from “Xenomorphine, The Bonesetter’s Revenge, Book2”

he who isn’t true
to whom he could
be

is rotten and
diseased
from seedy core to
pomaceous
skin

its sick nectar
none but poison
now, its gentle
and succulent flesh
withered and
hollow

fallen far from
deciduous limbs;
swollen heart
succumbing to
fermentation
and original
sin

beware the fruit
appetizing and sweet
spare the sooth,
deny and retreat
consume the flower,
tissue, tendons and all
swallow the carpels
and the myth’s bitter
calling

its slick nectar
fully assimilated
now, its acidic
and divisive message
caustic and
humanless