cut stem roses

grocery store


plop a dozen on top of the bread


use a chair

to reach the cabinet

for a vase




a little packet of flower food!


mix well

cut stems


damn beautiful,    i’d say


but one day later…
every stem droopy

twelve sad



all the water is gone!



re-cut the stems

re-fill the vase



no doubt

trying to revive half-price grocery store roses



well,   hell!


nothin’ delicate about those stemmed fighters


crinkly leaves

but round, rich, red flowers

facing up into the sky.  


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