DK (11-22-1952 / Batavia, New York)

Finding Uprooted Chrysanthemums

by the side of a dumpster,
branches torn, roots shrinking
in the harsh air,
I sense death's mercy
and walk on.

They're only two plants.
Don't bother.
Go home.
Go to bed.

Minutes later,
I trace my steps
back to the dumpster.
Glimpsing a hint of spirit
within the faded amber blossoms,
I tuck a mum
under each arm
and make my way

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