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Sanders, Kay / That red dirt road
(2010)

Blood kin,   p. 18


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Blood Kin
I don't remember when I realized
that a white rose worn on the lapel
for Mother's Day meant, in our small
country church, that your mother was dead,
but when my mother told me to pick two
white roses from Aunt Lillie's bush
outside the front room window and two
roses from the red bush, I knew
that my sister and I would wear the red,
and I knew that thorns from both
would prick my fingers, draw blood.
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