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How to Grow Roses

Updated: Mar 18



I remember the bloom

slow

crimson on a stark white shirt

pressed for Sunday service

NYC

backdrop of a summer stoop

a pyre of screams and sirens

calling out to Gods

who never came

then the rain

your slumped body slipping

from the cross

our block wore on its back

petals dripping from your chest

into the palms of fallen angels


a peace offering

a lesson

in how to grow roses.