Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Of Wishes And Flowers

“In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey” 
 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Please sir, don’t poison the stars
with your unfaith in wishes.

They are the lamp to light the way
to where the clever flower blooms
in ephemeral winks and forget me not smiles.

I am sorry to say it is a place
where most grown-ups aren’t welcome
because they bring a drought of non-imagination.

If you promise to not grumble, stumble or doubt,
I will take you to see the clever flower blossom
when the wind whispers it carries one of your wishes.


 ©Susie Clevenger 2014

On this final day of National Poetry Month Grapeling over at Real Toads supplied a list of words from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

10 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is spectacular, and I love it. Completely. Especially the clever flower.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Hmmm thought I had commented already. I adore this poem: the clever flower......the drought of non-imagination".........wonderful!

Hannah said...

"drought of non-imagination."

Well said and I love the personification you give the flower...excellent poem and congrats on the PAD challenge, Susie!!

DeniseinVA said...

This is a lovely poem Susie.

Sumana Roy said...

oh I absolutely adore this poem Susie..."Please sir, don’t poison the stars
with your unfaith in wishes."..such
touching plea in the little one's voice leaves one spell bound...

Kerry O'Connor said...

I really like the narrative voice you have used in this poem, Susie. There is something of the knowing child in it, which yet retains the innocence of a pure soul.

manicddaily said...

This is a very sweet poem, fitting for end of wonderful month of poetry. Thanks, Susie. K.

Kathryn said...

a drought of non-imagination . . . love that

hedgewitch said...

That very first couplet engages the mind and heart, Susie, and you lead us through your bloom of words to a simple but intense wish for wholeness and good sense, as well as the appreciation of both seen and unseen that is one of the characteristics of The Little Prince--a great job on the list, which disappears into your poem seamlessly, and thanks so much for your presence and support on this April journey.

grapeling said...

Hi Susie. I quite admire the voice you've chosen - it's consistent, sweet, insistent - effortless, even, how well you've managed to merge the child-like naivete with strength of character, and the allure in the final stanza. Thanks for contributing to the prompt ~ M