After the Diagnosis

I stopped planting annuals—no more petunias

or geraniums or zinnias I longed to have come back

without my bidding. I planted Lenten roses, daffodils,

daylilies whose color I forgot so they would surprise me in summer:

orange persimmon, showlight, mystic amulet, wispy morn.

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Shuly Xóchitl Cawood

Shuly Xóchitl Cawood is the author of The Going and Goodbye: a memoir and 52 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself When I Was 17. Her writing has been published in Brevity, The Rumpus, Zone 3, Santa Clara Review, New Madrid Journal, and Cider Press Review, among others. Her website is

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