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Friday, March 28, 2014

Dressed In Jealousy

Vain flower, is it not enough to possess
a single flower on your stem?
You have robbed the night of stars
to bolster your vanity.

I shrink in this pale flesh I wear
while you fill the room with beauty.

Jealousy is an ill-fitting suit,
but I am trapped in it wishing
it was I who courted such admiration.

©Susie Clevenger 2014

Margaret Bednar at Real Toads has chosen flowers and their meanings as inspiration for our creativity.


Kerry O'Connor said...

Some flowers do have beauty in abundance! I like your angle on this prompt, the voice of envy contemplating the show-off flower.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wonderful, Susie......I especially love "you have robbed the night of stars"....

Kathryn said...

I love the idea of it robbing the night of stars, in some cases more is better and it would appear so in this case. :0)

Enigma said...

Wow. Very vivid - the images as well as the feeling.

Fireblossom said...

They are unashamedly beautiful, but have the right to preen, as they are also so temporary. Good stuff, Susie.

Mama Zen said...


Poet Laundry said...

Being so ephemeral I guess that's their due...ha...enjoyed your clever take Susie~

kaykuala said...

I shrink in this pale flesh I wear
while you fill the room with beauty

Flowers can be just that,outshining
others in their presence. One has to give way with a tinge of envy! Nicely Susie!


blueoran said...

Difficult indeed to stand next to such perfection. You caught the moment perfectly. I'm jealous.

ayala said...

I shrink in this pale flesh I wear
while you fill the room with beauty....an awesome line. Lovely poem.

hedgewitch said...

Yes, what a hog that flower is! I completely understand the envy. I love "jealousy is an ill-fitting suit," too.

Hannah said...

I love this! Especially the part about the stars...lovely write, Susie!

Grace said...

I specially like: Jealousy is an ill-fitting suit ~ I think we can all identify with the emotion ~

And such a lovely photo Susie ~

Margaret said...

Ha ha - no wall flower is she! She galavants her buxom charms, but alas, I guess she must as she will soon be shorn of them . Jealousy here is so FUN!

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