Paper Lantern Flowers

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I put wishes
in paper lanterns and
cast them into the sky,

but they fell back to earth
in a thousand pieces
Each wisp and scrap became blanketed

in soil and as
the moon rose
and the sun set

they grew.
Tendrils as thin as the skin
of the lanterns coated with the green blood of Mother

poked out from the brown loam
and spiraled into the blue
and grew

tiny paper lanterns
of orange petals
and pollen-laden wishes.

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