Arms & Flowers

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ARMS

Many arm themselves for war.
It is necessary.
Others arm themselves for the world.
It is called for.
Some arm themselves for death.
It is natural.
You arm yourself for love
and you are so defenseless
against war,
against the world,
against death.

This poem was written by Luz Helena Cordero, who is Colombian. Most of the flowers given in North America this Valentine’s Day as expressions of love were grown in Colombia.

There’s not a lot of love, however, between the women who grow the flowers and their employers. For more information see Fairness in Flowers.

So keep these words of their compatriot in mind and take care lest these flowers, which arm you for love, render you defenceless ‘against war, against the world, against death’.

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