Floral Predictions

(Longing For-  my digital music composition)
Floral Predictions
So often people ask,
“How long will these flowers last?”
fearing they’ll wither fast—
like the days of their life perhaps?
Before the cuts are paid
they want a promise made
that beauty won’t quickly fade.
Then I smile and simply say,
“Longer than those things you pay,
unquestioning, any given day.
They’ll last longer by far
than the fuel for your car,
a movie, a meal, a drink at the bar…”
What day will these petals wilt and fall?
Sometimes I wonder if florists all
need training with a crystal ball!
January, 2001

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