Dicentra strings on whisker-fine
tethers blood-ripe heart balloons,
deliquescent puffs carmine
and dripping – lush, pendant blooms
whose elegance makes rough their name:
Bleeding Hearts, as though torn
by unrequited love, and chained
together in distress. They’re borne
aloft in festive mummer’s dress
to dance in every waggish breeze,
tempting passers-by to press
to their own breasts hearts at ease.
Frolicsome dicentra sports
her flirty charms…and courts.