The flower of blood
and another one on the asphalt below,
or at home,
and in the mouth of the gun
and in every square of every city,
with every scream and explosion.
And the world watches the petals unfurl,
No one can stop it,
and the world blooms
A flower of blood opens on earth
Claudia Serea immigrated from Romania to the United States in 1995. Her work has appeared in 5 a.m., Apple Valley Review, Meridian, New Letters, and Word Riot. Her books include Angels & Beasts, The System, and A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky.
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