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Purple Pugs together on Vervain
An expanse of white linoleum. Scattered across the surface are tiny black grains, like spilled pepper. Looming above is a vase of cut flowers taken from an early summer field: daisy fleabane, blue vervain, and a sprig of goldenrod. Each is home to one or more tiny uninvited caterpillars, dropping frass into untidy piles far below on my kitchen counter.