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Red Roses

by Ilse Thielan

Once a woman came to her
and emptied
a handful of flowers
over her hair
“why don’t men
give flowers to women?”

She met a lover
and told him
what that woman had said
- he jumped up
and ran away-
and returned
with a bouquet
of red roses

When she was
his wife
he gave bouquets
of red roses
to another woman
and another woman
and another


Taken from ‘This is Where We Came In’ (1992), page 6.

Ilse Thielan

Canyon De Che