Paper Flower

I know this girl,
she is a paper flower
who doesn't know what color
to be, so she
picks the brightest ones
and she is planted in a pot
too small, and it doesn't
go with anything.
She shines in artificial light
at night and keeps
the shades closed
by day-- so she won't fade
I suppose.
And she sprays on
perfume because
she has no scent
(but paper)
of her own. When I
was a little girl,
I might have thought her
pretty -- then.