Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
santan flower

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four soft petals
four japanimated points.

then the stem
translucent, almost anemic
but i am not deceived.
though it is
so thin you must hold it with two fingers only,
it won't break.
you hold it that way so you don't drop it
and lose your treasure for the day.

you taste the nectar
one clear, delicate drop
the sugar water makes you smile
and for a little while longer
you are not a spoiled, nasty little girl.


Regina Bowler lives in New York with her husband and son.


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