It begins with a Lilac, First feelings of Love

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Incipient, it emerges, swathed in penumbra.

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She looks up, and all she sees is a cynosure of blue.

Hesitant is her gait, when she returns with an Aster I will consider your offer/Patience, dear (and an empathetic smile).

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Evanescent, it flutters. Vestigial, yet undeniable in its presence.

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She stalls abruptly when she catches a glimpse of White Tulips One-sided love on her way to class.

But when she sees them again dispersed among a crown of Daffodils Unrequited love, she cannot help but stride across the lawn and replace it tenderly with a circle of daisies Hope.

(The smile she receives back is worth the effort.)

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It seems ineffable in its entirety, yet ripple-like in effect.

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She finds a Yellow Chrysanthemum Precious one/ I treasure you in her locker door

(and slots a Primrose Young love into theirs).

When she surreptitiously wakes in Science, there is an Acanthus You are a work of art in her hair

(a Corriander flower Hidden worth in home economics)

A Malva Consumed by love atop her bag

(and they awaken in maths class to a droning teacher and a Bell flower Unwavering Love).

A Coral Rose Enthusiasm/ I want to get to know you better pressed into her palm in a crowded hallway,

(a Heliotrope Eternal Love slipped between the pages of an English text)

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And it thrives. Oh, how it thrives!

An imbroglio of felicity

A scintilla, a plethora

Ephemeral yet efflorescent,

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The wistful afternoon she finds a red tulip I love you/ declaration of love tucked between her handlebars, a manifold of supernovae erupts and no nicely-filtered syzygy could ever be juxtaposed to the Oblivion she experiences.

(and on the day she finds them on her doorstep, bearing a bouquet of Lemongrass Homosexual love and Amaryllis Pride, she smiles furtively and brings forth

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a Myrtle True love

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a Honeysuckle Bonds of love

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and

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a ring.