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Columbine

Columbine

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Published by Joe Gonnella
Poem July 4th, 2013
Poem July 4th, 2013

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Published by: Joe Gonnella on Jul 04, 2013
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Columbine
 
A name is not a place but invades a placeas a plant does
 — 
these blossoms along the roadare not the blossomsthe killers brought whenthey hunted the innocentthrough haunted halls
 — 
 a
flower’s form pre
-existsand survives its particularity
 — 
 reborn to an expected season
 — 
 the pattern outlives its own blossoming as the shape
of a loved one’s face
  persists in a living relative
 — 
 the pattern was therein the stuff of the plant before becoming transformed becoming
 — 
  pick it, kill it or let it stay
 — 
 the plant will returnas everything returnsto a place to come where place no longer matters whenthere is no mind to contemplate what
the plant itself can’t comprehend— 
 seeds settle where seeds settleto manifest themselvesinto what they must
 — 
 neither horrible beautynor ruthless truth but a

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