ZADI DIAZ | How to Grow Roses

How to Grow Roses

Updated: Apr 7

I remember the bloom


crimson on a stark white shirt

pressed for Sunday service


backdrop of a summer stoop

a pyre of screams and sirens

calling out to Gods

who never came

then the rain

your slumped body slipping

from the cross

our block wore on its back

petals dripping from your chest

into the palms of fallen angels

a peace offering

a plea

a lesson

in how to grow roses.

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