colors f a l l i n g

in the flower shop
i cut and tie and curl
shiny paper ribbon —
bright strands of color
meant for twirling
— nothings, really but
they leave these little wisps of happy
in the edge of your mind
for a second

in the flower shop
i snip the broken blooms
from the African violets
and kalanchoes
and little rosebushes
a few good petals fall
with the bad, lingering
for a moment in my hands

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