cut stem roses

half-price
grocery store
cut-roses

.

plop a dozen on top of the bread

.

use a chair

to reach the cabinet

for a vase

.

.

look!

a little packet of flower food!

.

mix well

cut stems

.

damn beautiful,    i’d say

.

but one day later…
every stem droopy

.
twelve sad

red

droops

all the water is gone!

.

.

re-cut the stems

re-fill the vase

.

silly

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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