why give a gift of death...
and call it love?
funny as young boys
we grow up indoctrinated
signifying a woman's worth
by uprooting flowers from the earth
cutting them off from
the sun and the soil and the rain
placing them in plain sight
in that very expensive fancy vase
as an undying expression of affection
knowing full well
they will wilt and they will die
much sooner than they were destined
as a symbolic sacrifice of