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Cut Flowers

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I don't remember the impetus or reason for this poem. If I can remember why, I will share it here.

purple irises
dying in a vase
shriveling to black
bowing over losing
petals onto the
black enameled table

sunflowers in a
vase on a black enamel

purple irises
dying in a vase
shriveling to black
bowing over losing
petals onto the
black enameled table

sunflowers in a
vase on a black enamel
table, nodding to the
shiny top, raining
yellow powder pollen
in semicircular spray.

roses turning purple
from red and moist
drying to sharper spines
leaves falling to swim
in the water in the vase
remove flowers, remove

rotting baby's breathe
tie a bit of twine at the
base of the stem and hang
them up alongside all the
red roses frozen in long
testimony of love lost
table, nodding to the
shiny top, raining
yellow powder pollen
in semicircular spray.

roses turning purple
from red and moist
drying to sharper spines
leaves falling to swim
in the water in the vase
remove flowers, remove

rotting baby's breathe
tie a bit of twine at the
base of the stem and hang
them up alongside all the
red roses frozen in long
testimony of love lost

©1996 chris abraham