Body screaming, burning;
fresh embers
pressed relentlessly on soft tissues.
A grown seed sprouting,
engorged roots pushing out
from a fleshy mound,
tearing morsels.

A flower erupts from
the bulbous, bloodied end.

Catori Sarmiento’s world travels have often inspired her unique writing style. When not exploring the many cracks and crags in Japan, Sarmiento spends her time writing poetry and prose. She is published in numerous publications. Her most recent novel, The Fortune Follies, is available from Double Dragon Publishing.