From salveo: ‘I am well’
Not statement, but prayer.
Suck the poison from my marrow,
purify with the wisdom
that this has all been lived before.
Betony (Stachys officinalis)
To cure chilly need
Your side of the bed,
greater than emptiness –
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
Also known as ‘Boneset’
The removal of a demon
will inevitably cause
fractured ribs encasing a heart that pumps ceaselessly on,
bloody and hot and engorged.
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Soothing when rubbed on bruises
To soothe, from sōth,
i.) the flickering falsehoods of reassuring words;
ii.) the cumulative truth pooling in hollows.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
For courage and pain relief
(which are one and the same.)
I slip it under my pillow
to protect from the repetitions
that play out in sleep.
In time I will build a wall of wattle and daub –
let it bake in the heat of summer.
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Said to revive any sickly plants growing nearby
I lie face down and inhale,
waiting for osmosis,
Tendrils emerging from the cracks,
entwining as the sun settles in a steady sky.
When symbiosis is reached, each need only take alternate breaths.