The Stages of Love

1

Starts in a garden,

blossoms in profusion,

nourished by earth.

2

Potted plants indoors,

still living, but contained;

green, but with no blooms.

3

Cut flowers in vase,

beautiful but store-bought,

rootless in water.

4

Faded dry petals

pressed into a book, no earth,

no blooms, water, life.

 

Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper

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