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Sundew's Deed

Saint Paul, 15 December 2005

A fatal fishwife of fine-spun felicity
Her leaves like wellborn spatulas
Secrete to her cilia a booby trap
A snare for imperial dragon flies
To smother in primitive mucilage
A sundew's deed with nature
To asphyxiate and digest

The sundew is a plant with hair-covered leaves
that produce a sweet-smelling, sticky substance.
Insects are trapped on the leaves and eventually
die. Their nutrients are absorbed by the plant.