happy valentine’s day



flowers on valentine’s day are so expensive

i pause to watch,
somewhat amused, somewhat sad
at the bustle around the floral stand
(and i feel very territorial)

i wonder if anyone here
is buying flowers for a gravestone

no, i chuckle to myself,
the dead would think it’s silly
to pay the sticker price today

tomorrow, though
the cemeteries will be flooded
with half-priced bouquets of vibrant red and pink colors

because the dead don’t care what day is
they aren’t going anywhere, anyways

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