Because death is underrated and flowers are flowers are flowers.
We know Diego painted them larger than the women who tried
to embrace them. Because if you look closely, you can see the sex
of a woman in their tongues. While calla means beautiful, their roots,
their petals are poisonous. Trust me. As a mother, I know what to keep
away from children and cats. If you see a drawing of a broken calla lily
on a tombstone, it means someone died young. Thank you
for your thoughtful present. Because purple means passion and yellow
means gratitude. Just like life. Like roses. Yes, the Virgin Mary
grows from calla lilies, but no one painted her skeleton, her blood
red heart held by bones. Because I find reasons not to like what I am
given, I ask, “Why these flowers?” I thought you said, Calla lily flowers
are the best. The blossoms of the best intentions, death shimmers
on the side table, how you dug me my own sweet grave.