The Beast

Here featured is a collaboration between Alicia Hilton and Jake Anderson. Alicia is an author, law school professor, attorney, former FBI Special Agent and former fine art consultant. She is taking time off from teaching to write poetry, a collection of essays, and a novel. You can read more about Alicia at www.aliciahilton.com. Jake is a Chicago musician. His new band, Deserters, will release their first EP this fall. For this piece, Jake wrote and recorded a song for Alicia’s poem.

The Beast
by Alicia Hilton

Once you fit in my hand,
Diminutive emerald.
Your leaves, delicate diamonds
Edged with saw teeth.

Joined with the earth,
Fed by the sun,
The rain
And the worms.

Your growing tendrils
Tipped with purple spiky globes
Like a thistle, but soft.

Your icy scent
A magnet.
No longer diminutive.
Luring the weak
And the hungry.

Sharp incisors snip.
Fur-covered lamprey
Scatters seeds.
Tenacious tsavorite replicates
As Easter toy burrows
Into its heart.

Host and parasite
Growing stronger,
Growing larger.
Teenage rabbit emerges.
Stands on hind feet.
Ears twitching,
Look at me.

A symphony of
Honeybees
Gathers nectar
Basking in the sun.

Come winter,
It withers.
But in spring,
A promise fulfilled,
The beast returns.

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