Melanie says flowers (#5)

Original Text: 

Wendy Agnew, "#5," The Lillian Lectures (Toronto: Coach House Books, 1998).

1Melanie says flowers
2were the first ones
3to think of doing it
4The amoebas
5just split themselves
6Flowers got uppity
7They wanted to be pretty
8They wanted to smell good
9They sent messages to each other
10like love letters
11only made of dust
12on the legs of bees
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung
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