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Since your last visit,
two more red wine stains
have bloomed on the carpet,
another four pieces of wedding china
have shattered on the stone floors,
and the war of the weeds and roses
was a decisive victory for the weeds.
Yes, that is the same layer of dust
you inspected previously,
grown thick and soft with neglect.
I thought of brushing it away,
but it seems a shame to disturb
something that has settled
so beautifully.

Melissa Fu grew up in Northern New Mexico and lives in Cambridgeshire, England. She has had work published several magazines including Envoi, the Blue Heron Review, and Right Hand Pointing.

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