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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Misery Prayers

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,
flowers thirst.

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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Magaly Guerrero said...

"burn the garden to kill one demon"

This line hits extra deep, today, when we seem to destroying who we are in order to save ourselves.

brudberg said...

Yes we do cause more harm to weed the few and kill the flowers... alas.

Anonymous said...

Interesting question posed. How bad is the Demon?

Jim said...

I like your line, "burn the garden to kill one demon."
You saying is hard, hard. Americans might understand "cut of your nose to spite your face." We are doing all three in too many areas. "They" don't care much for flowers.

Kim Russell said...

I really like the original proverb,Susie, and love how you've developed it. Great title and opening lines - I can see those poor dehydrated roses. And how true those final lines.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Misery prayers blind to consequences
burn the garden to kill one demon.

This is an inspirational poem, Susie!❤️

Marian said...

Yeah, can we live with this demon, or do we need to destroy?

Gillena Cox said...

"burn the garden to kill one demon."


much love...

grapeling said...

I look at pesticides like Round Up and see that questions, Susie. The falsest of gods to me, in this age, is the god of purity. pure flowers with no weeds. pure joy with no sorrow. pure races with one color of blood... ~

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Wow, very powerful thoughts here.

Margaret said...

That quote really go to me and you did it justice!


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