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Instructions for Flowers


“paintings of flowers have to be really good since I’ve known flowers”

– Merry Fortune


There are flowers, and more flowers, and even more flowers suffocating me into submission. In a tree. In a park. In a photograph. In a memory. I know nothing of flowers. But I’ve known others who’ve known flowers, scattered along Front Range foothills, noting how the succession of blooming marks the seasons with a certain precision grown in loam. Generally speaking, my exile from the Internet has left me small. I shrink, and everything empties itself of flowers, scentless and senseless. Writing flowers leaves us less flowered, not, necessarily, more flowered of something else.

Joshua Ware