Shadows of Death from the Vase that Gold Made Red.

There was once a bouquet of tulips on our kitchen windowsill.

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After a while, it got to looking pretty bad.

(According to my wife…)

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Despite spousal pressure—–

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I managed to keep from having to throw it out for almost a month.

Even in aging and deteriorating.

Even in collapse and petal fall.

Even in death, that bouquet kept giving and giving.

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On sunny afternoons, when light shone in the kitchen window —

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Shadows would move across the counter.

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Strange, wonderfully shaped shadows.

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Contrasting lights and darks.

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Which is real, the thing or the shadow?

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