by Fernando Pérez
She bears the weight of flowers on her dress,
a pattern repeated,
dreams she had of growing things.
Her back is turned.
She will not walk away
from the darkness in their room,
away from him.
She will not shift her stare
even once. He cannot remember
what it was like to read her eyes—
Could he be the one to walk away?
She prefers sitting there,
to sing to him without moving her lips,
marking the fabric of his skin,
a tattoo he cannot remove.
They learned too late
sunflowers should not be overcrowded in their pots,
will not stem the height of the patio wall
if their roots are struggling to breathe.
This is work they both had a hand in—
His finger pressing into dark soil,
the seeds dropped from her palm.