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Jacob Prince

10. Sellers Of Flowers

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The sellers of flowers buy up old roses
They pull off dead petals, like old heads of lettuce
And sell them as new ones, for cheaper and fairer
But they die by the morning, so who is the winner

Not the roses, not the buyers, not the sellers, maybe winter

'Cause winters coming, soon after summer
It runs faster, faster, chasing off autumn
We go from a warm sun to only a white sun
We go from a large sum to only a small one

When I was a small girl, I walked through the market
Holding my dad's hand, mitten in gloved hand
At night there were roses, lit up in glass boxes
The heat lamps would keep them from freezing in winter

We never bought them but somebody must have
Maybe they made it or maybe they froze up
Before any person had put them in water
And hoped that they'd still be alive by the morning
In the real world did you copy and paste too?
Who's the winner
Not the roses, not the buyers, not the sellers
Not the tellers of these stories
Not the fathers, not their children,
Not those walking on a dark night
Through a memory they're forgetting
Who's the winner, who's the winner
Maybe winter, maybe winter

Somebody steps on a light through a tunnel
They're holding a piece of their mind in the rubble
Hold on, I won't let go, I want to know

But no one lives long enough to see the outcome
To know any answers, to know what the point is
To know if the winter ever came closer
Than on that night when I walked with my father

A small piece of ice, lodged in my mind
Lodged in my thoughts, lodged in my eyes
Cold all around, cold all around
Warm from inside, warm from inside

Who's the winner
Not the roses, not the buyers, not the sellers
Not the tellers of these stories
Not the fathers, not their children

Who's the winner
Not the roses, not the buyers, not the sellers
Not the tellers of the stories
Not the fathers, not their children,
Not those walking on a dark night
Through a memory they're forgetting

Who's the winner, who's the winner
Maybe winter, maybe winter
Who's the winner, who's the winner
Maybe winter, maybe winter
Who's the winner, who's the winner 
 

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