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Accepting Geraniums by Madeleine French

Accepting Geraniums

Those red geraniums—

shameless and flashy

their amorphous emerald leaves

a fashion statement

in their clay pots

Skinny stems tilt

with the weight

of each blooming globe

Even their sharp scent

is defiant

Swaying in the wind

after a hard rain

they toss their heads:

Don’t call me beauty

And I can almost

convince myself

that acceptance

won’t really mean


Madeleine French lives in Florida and Virginia with her husband. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Madrigal, Black Fork Review, Loch Raven Review, West Trade Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal,The Westchester Review, and elsewhere. You may find her on Twitter, @maddiethinks.


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