lenten lily

i thought these were christmas roses
BUT
mum tells me that they are in fact lenten lilies!
dark singed burgundy and aubergine
reflecting the passion of christ
overblown, nicotine stained
heavy with the weight of the world
this lily of lent
pregnant with the promise of atonement
makes room for the tight, bright buds of new growth
its familial resemblance to a christmas rose
links the birth of christ with his death at easter
my dad was born on christmas day and died on good friday
so these are for you dad
with love

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