succulents

they looked like heads of lettuce
sprouting up along the concrete
in front of the Bellflower house

i’d pluck their juicy leaves,
draw on the sidewalk,
watch them evaporate
into pale green streaks

simple pleasures of childhood,
sitting with the ants and pillbugs,
making temporary art
learning the pleasure
of the ethereal.

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