The Broken Flower

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That a broken flower
could speak or

a bird's feather
found forlornly on the path

tell symbols
amazes us.

The last place we would think
to look

there in the discarded
shattered world.

The petals no
less lovely still sing

a loving intention.
The feather a floating

memory forever lightened
by its past.

The hand which carries them
the way humans can

when that which is broken or
displaced is made repaired,

renewed. Rediscovered:
the most perfect flower the most

perfect feather.
That the flower

has no stem only
confirms it.


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