How brightly we greet on this day that we meet;
sitting beneath Blake’s poison tree.
A tooth and a smile to make hot days worthwhile,
and a way to spend pennies and hours,
on niceties, cakes, burgers, and shakes;
pretending there’s no venom in me,
and in you, my latest obsession. My heartfelt profession,
to spread toxins all over the flowers.
Sip gently old friend and pray daylight won’t end,
with your life and your hopes that you’ve brought:
ruined and cracked, bottled and sacked,
and rendered to absolute naught.
“And how well you look dear,” as I draw you near,
for spells and small-talk traded in hatred so sheer.
Blake’s tree is a reference to William Blake’s poem “The Poison Tree” that is also somewhat concerned with revenge, hatred, and how we deal with those sorts of things.
Charl Landsberg is a South African poet, musician, and artist, who’s work focuses on many issues ranging from feminism, queer rights, social justice, science fiction and fantasy, and apparently a little revenge.