Sun sets, ushering in the cooling desert dawn, the Queen’s one chance at immortality.
Another dune shelters a second hopeful corps de ballet, essential to the dance.
Groups of the troupe, pale petals stretch to Mother Moon.
Bud becomes blossom, stamens shake their sweetness, splay to the bat’s slow tongue.
Moon rises higher as bat flits from flower to flower.
It takes a village to pollinate the Queen.
Moon curtsies, fades away. Blossom droops and dies,
Holding the future in her belly.
© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2017)
* Selenicereus grandiflorus, Night-blooming Cereus
Carrot Ranch Prompt (06/15/2017): In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that symbolically, mythically, mystically, or realistically involves dawn, as a noun or verb. Write about the dawn of time or the time of dawn, or the dawning of an idea. As always, go where the prompt leads.