Daffodil

Cora Thomas

Daffodil—
that was one of your
favorite flowers.

They reminded you of me
born in the Spring of
1984.

Narcissus
and its friend tulipa
dot the yard and bouquets in

vases overflow with color
my birthday decorations

You decorate ever so carefully—getting it just right.
Even sticking tape to the top of balloons and

affixing them to the ceiling
to make it look like

helium.

Your smile
lights up the room
just like the flowers.

I stand—
blossom in hand
and rest it carefully on
the stark
white sheet.

fragile

just like you
a burst of sunshine
“I love you,” I said.

it’s March

Daffodils
greet you
with their wide
yellow mouths
heads bobbing
as if they are welcoming you to walk inside
their sunny disposition

for the last time.

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