after Oviedo’s sketch of a pineapple

of course there will be botanists
ripe with pride on their knees in front of monarchs
across the whole of this temperate continent
there will be hothouses and pineries
and the sheer graft and inconvenience
of forcing you to flower at these latitudes
you’ll find yourself as centrepiece
unsliced uneaten recycled for dinner parties
until you begin to rot from the core
and once in the mind of the nobility
the idea of you has been firmly established
as something prestigious and expensive
you’ll be abstracted further still
from your flesh and juices and fashioned
into stone bollards along grand driveways
but for now before any of this
you are a drawing of an armoured thing
risen out of sierras half a globe away
you are as close to mythological
as the modern world can allow for
with potential inside you for hatching dragons