ZADI DIAZ | How to Grow Roses

How to Grow Roses

Updated: Apr 7



I remember the bloom

slow

crimson on a stark white shirt

pressed for Sunday service


NYC


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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