lady with flowers

Lady with Orange Flowers

paying 10 pesos
for photographs
and a peek

into her life
Day of the Dead
floral tributes

hand woven
(her own hands)
into little

bamboo baskets
the hands of the poor
in every bunch.

orange flowers
I love the mystery of these fresh flowers! Where they came from, the people who planted them, the hands who cut them, their trip to the market. Then finally, on whose grave will they rest?


© 2017 Melinda J. Irvine


The other vendors giggled at my lady’s little bit of attention.
The markets of the Philippines are awash with bright coloured flowers in preparation for All Saints Day also known as Day of the Dead.

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