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Petunias Out Back

Jennifer says it's easy
to become sentimental
about petunias. Sometimes
she looks quickly
away from them,
but admits she'd be
lost without each one.
She is not well
and petunias give no
sympathy—with plants,
it's everyone
for herself.
She may die yearning
for a moth between
petals striped red
and white, the return
of seedling after
she has emptied
her hand of the trowel,
of the sweet growth.
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