The Beautiful Primrose

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The beautiful primrose 
reinforces this notion
that we’re alone in the world—

maybe more so for me,
since I’m a poet, but you
should know that I’m also

a failed florist. I’ve thrown
pots out of windows,
pulled up half-decomposed

vegetation with those
cottony gloves we all know
so well, picked flimsy petals

from damp bouquets,
and for what? For whom?
The solo rose says, hey,

there’s only you,
multifoliate yet singular—
and imperially alone.

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