Demise Blossom

Grace Bondurant

demise blossom.


a bitter flower

of irony and regret

blooms within her chest


hidden there

holding a weary heart in place

stemming across imperfection

and mistakes


a petal falls

day after day

and she fears

what comes next?


words don't slip 

from parted lips

no cry for help

dry tears escape


the flower remains

unacknowledged and withering

a calyx of onyx

trapped within a dying vessel

Grace Bondurant is fifteen years old and attends Florida Virtual School. “Demise Blossom” received an Honorable Mention in the Manatee Libraries and 805 Teen Poetry Contest.