Roses dry on stems
before buds open.
They hang in screams
and morbid scent.
For the sake of flowers,
the weeds are watered,
but for the drought damning weeds,
Misery prayers blind to consequences
burn the garden to kill one demon.
Petals are all children of nature,
the same drought choking weeds
will scorch the blossoms of summer.
©Susie Clevenger 2017
"For the sake of flowers, the weeds are watered" is the Arabic proverb that inspired this poem.
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