From behind my mask I probably said
to the clerk the flowers were pretty. Always
in our village on the blue counter where
you finish your business with the stamps.
From behind her plexi shield she said Yes,
they bring them over from the funeral home after.
Oh, I see now. That’s how those arrangements go—
cheap filler flowers doing most of
the work, almost everybody
choosing the economy option.
After that I noticed how many
dead one week or next.
Purple statice, papery, with
a hairy leaf, everlasting, invasive.
Latin name …