2010 summer poetry petals

by Rimas Uzgiris

of a wet

pink

rose

on the beach

   after

afternoon showers

wave blithely

in the salty breeze.

They open,

and the amber

    stamen

stares
straight at the

    sun

It
has emerged

from ashen clouds

which

run with the wind—

and

a flock of swallows

scatters

like blown

petals

like

   words

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