Who would do this to a flower?

Last week, flowers – red and white vinca –
were planted beneath the curbside tree.

Come Sunday morning, they were not.
someone had pulled them out
and left them with their roots upturned to die

Who would do this to a flower?

I imagined some reveler coming from the corner bar
stumbled there and
out of need or spitefulness
asked the flowers –
Love me? Love me not?

Gently I pressed them back
into their holes

Will they survive? Who knows –
flowers are a hardy lot.

Aug. 18 They struck again. This time a clue –
red-wrapped takeout chopsticks planted upright, like someone staking claim.
Mystery solved – seems there is a homeless woman, possibly mentally ill, who has been uprooting plants. (As reported on the neighborhood FB page)

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