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Lycorine in the Living Room

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An April whim of snow
bows proud stems
until the spring bloom teases
uncut winter grass.

She sees them after parting curtains
in the master bedroom:
bold gold Narcissi and a slender Tulip
with pale pink petals.

Before making a black coffee
she finds kitchen scissors, not daring
the man-shed for secateurs,
and cuts each broken stem.

The frills of Daffodils flourish for a week
in an Anysley vase. A wedding gift
from her lover. The Tulip withers. The sap
of Narcissi is poisonous to some.

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