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Our text was the poem “Heroes” by Rita Dove, posted below.
Our prompt was to begin your writing with the line “it’s too late for apologies…”
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Heroes – Rita Dove A flower in a weedy field: make it a poppy. You pick it. Because it begins to wilt you run to the nearest house to ask for a jar of water. The woman on the porch starts screaming: you’ve plucked the last poppy in her miserable garden, the one that gave her the strength every morning to rise! It’s too late for apologies though you go through the motions, offering trinkets and a juicy spot in the written history she wouldn’t live to read, anyway. So you strike her, she hits her head on a white boulder and there’s nothing to be done but break the stone into gravel to prop up the flower in the stolen jar you have to take along because you’re a fugitive now and you can’t leave clues. Already the story’s starting to unravel, the villagers stirring as your heart pounds into your throat. Why did you pick that idiot flower? Because it was the last one and you knew it was going to die. Dove, Rita. "Heroes." Callaloo, vol. 18 no. 2, 1995, p. 231-231. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/cal.1995.0046.