Ash Blooms

He extinguished
his cigarette
in her unfinished
glass of gin – the ash
rose to the surface,
broke the meniscus
and bloomed
into grey flowers
that reeked of tobacco.
She paid the waitress
and walked out of the door,
leaving him with the smoky bouquet.

Kim M. Russell, 5th August 2018

Still Life by Adolph de Meyer (1908)

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Weekend Mini Challenge: Camera FLASH!

Kerry says it’s time to strike a pose with the photographic challenge for August.

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20 thoughts on “Ash Blooms

  1. …. the ash
    rose to the surface,
    broke the meniscus
    and bloomed
    into grey flowers ….

    wow, this is superb! just superb!

    of course, what proceeds and follows is equally wonderful, but these lines – wow, they really speak volumes! and meniscus is such an interesting word – has that through the lens feel to it – yes, a most definite and fascinating word to use, even as it does have reference to water too – but you’ll have to forgive me, for wandering on about it – it just is so unusual a choice – and oh it begs its own story. I’m loving it madly.

    yes, this poem has some exemplary elements Kim and together, it just paints this incredibly cinematic image – genre noir.

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