Haunting field of purple
savory plate and
butterfly food
Egyptians, Romans and Dictators . . .

Starving pods
search fiber
a fix, dying soil . . .

Altered by science,
century turn to
bitter seeming sweet . . .

Invasive weeds
tower the decimation
like septic soldiers . . .

Polish field of lupines
bury a coward’s atrocity . . .

Note: In researching the history of lupines, I discovered some disturbing information.  This poem is a tribute to those who were killed in Treblinka, a Nazi extermination camp in Poland, where, after the officials vacated and leveled the prison, lupines were planted to hide the mass murders.