Spleen (Hollyhock)

Unblacken the holy mallow,
the incorrupt, the foregut
inconclusion. St. Cuthbert’s cole,
a stalky stand-up, the deadpan
peevish. Splenetic, the marooned
fascicles, the testy watchman-
hockleaf-clock. Ad hoc the anti-
antibodies, the ripped-open
open-pollinating poultice,
the self-sowing aggrievement.

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