Stories tagged flowers

Talking To Flowers

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He is quiet, as if acknowledging what really happened on that snowy road. He’s not really there, yet he is, like a shadow in my peripheral vision—fleeting, yet watchful.

The Russian and the Room 1-6

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After an hour together, I determined I would invite him to my room.


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The gardens of Babylonare empty again.Kings and queens came back to the ancient desertto rise their childrenin the wise wilderness.But you can still heartheir hidin' laughingrunning throughthe mourning flowers.

Eating Beauty

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I'm at the edge of the garden in a white nightgown embroidered with lilies. This keeps happening without my permission; a sleepwalk, a run-away. The scent of my best perfume kneels beside me here. I sift through the soil where I…


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Every Thursday, around 11 am, right after the cemetery where I work receives the daily shipment of cremated remains to be interred, a frail nonagenarian steps out of the driver's seat of his Lincoln Continental and walks, unassisted, up a flight of twenty granite steps,…

The Fluid Life

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Wet September in Eureka, Jasmine blooms profusely. Perfume scents waft free. Rain drops might be falling nails; sparkling needles when they slow . Second gasps of rose blooms sprinkle petals. Sprays of other flowers, names unknown, attract green Hummingbirds. Promiscuous…


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He painted a woman on them, identical to the woman that kneeled by his bed.

Death of a Poet (but not yet)

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A half-dozen times, he had rebuffed the man’s request to read for him, until the poet accepted that Hugh was no soft touch, no touch at all.

Stay By Me (And Make the Moment Last)

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I imagine Gene Simmons licking a twelve year old girl that looks like Erin dressed in a dog collar and leash.

(4) Caution

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“You shouldn’t have gone inside,” he said, after she told him what had happened. “I know that’s what you’re used to doing here, with people we know. But he’s not from around here. Don’t go back over there, okay?”

The Ache of Logic

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There is a the reason for the theft of people and the melting of gold

Things I Have Done Instead of Celebrating Chocolate-Egg Day

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Read that bit in Alice about the mock turtle soup


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That's what these companies do: swallow you whole and spit you out.

A Lady In Her Power

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I admire the queen-like power Some flowers have over a bee, Though no coveted tenure

Sweet pea, sweet William

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Sweet William at home in a hole dug by dirty fingers in earth forked loose and cleared of roots and rocks twists its mane of pink and red in breezes with the other garden blooms. Proud flower, watered by underground pipes by spouts and hoses drinks under sunlight and…