Monday, April 22, 2019

Things men told me (Day 824)

Again, the ornamental cherries bloom
fruitlessly fake   empty calories   
dripping great gobs of frosting flowers   
tempting    things men told me
   there’s a glow about you tonight 
   you are beautiful in the morning light 
   how wild and free you are   
      like a lion   untamed  
that last was the oddest   heartfelt and 
   almost touching in the awkward way 
   of an eight-year-old who shuffles 
   and looks down as he hands 
   his mother the gift of his heart   
artless and abundant   the things 
   you hear when they want or don't want    
how the petals drift and hurry on 
   the sharp breeze stripping spring 
   from cherry trees that will 
never offer ripe flesh to summer’s heat

(c) 2019, by Hannah Six
Image: MaxPixel

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