The glass containing now faded flowers
left the day after Easter
with the note

"Happy Easter - running a bit slow this week"

was still there,
as was the empty Miller's beer bottle
containing flowers and a second note
that I had left Monday morning.
I picked the flowers on the Rio Salado road.
(Rio Salado - salt river.)

I set it down quickly.
Rocks crunched beneath my sandals
as I fled away down the gray gravel drive.



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