No Flowers

Send me no flowers
no pretty petals
velvet soft.

Send me no long stemmed
whose dewy fragrance

Send me no posies
that require
casual note

if you care

for they will surely die
their purple blooms
will choke

into a speckled brown despair.

Send instead
a cactus or a weed
that will not wither
or get into a dither

from neglect

that can be left
to survive in a
brown thumbed void


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