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12 February 2008

In the Alley

In the alley behind the florist’s shop,
a huge white garbage truck was parked and idling.
In a cloud of exhaust, two men in coveralls
and stocking caps, their noses dripping,
were picking through the florist’s dumpster
and each had selected a fistful of roses.

As I walked past, they gave me a furtive,
conspiratorial nod, perhaps sensing
that I, too (though in my business suit and tie)
am a devotee of garbage–an aficianado
of the wilted, the shopworn, and the free–
and that I had for days been searching
beneath the heaps of worn-out, faded words
to find this brief bouquet for you.

i wish i could make such beautiful bouqets out of words.

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