Poinsettia Leaves

Three almost identical (but not quite), green things. Remnants of Christmas,  these dried and crispy leaves are ready to be swept up and put in the trash or recycled into compost. They will never grace a poinsettia plant again, never be the perfect foil to festive red leaves that bring colour to Christmas tables all around the world.

Yet, there is something beautiful and compelling in the curling leaves and twisted stems, like an old love letter in a foreign language you once understood. You might not be able to translate the words any more, but seeing them reminds you of what has been, and what might bloom again.

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