Flowers at Walgreens

3 feb 2013


I’ve gone to Walgreens a lot lately.
Because the tiny rose bushes are just $2.50

And they come in white, light pink, bright pink and red.

Those living eternal symbols were less than a cup of coffee
The kind I drink anyway.

I bought one of each in different neighborhoods
Because I kept coming back for more, and I was getting around.

In the stores I noticed things
I’m just saying.

In the white neighborhood store, as you approach the checkout stand,
An impulse item you can buy is blond hair dye
Like, hey! I think I’ll dye my hair blond!

In the Latino neighborhood you can chose from 3 aisles
of valentine candy, flowers and what-not
That’s an aisle more than other stores


You can probably get these anywhere
I noticed them in the black neighborhood store
Black Marlboros. Black, like acknowledging what is
The package, your lungs, the smoke
Calling a spade a spade.


I stopped to look at a rose bush today. It had tightly wound new buds waiting to open It had partially open flowers. it had perfect fully blown roses, wilting roses, dried petals, shriveled leaves. It had all phases of rose on it at the same time. In a way it defined and defied time. All at once. And so pretty.