By David Lipowski

Rather than
watch them wilt,
here is where I have placed the
paper petals of a rose,
given to me by a
girl who loved
me, long ago;
she is gone but she is still
mine, waiting to be found.

1 The title references the “Elsie mine,” (also known as the C3A1 & C3A2) a Canadian anti-personnel mine developed in 1959.