Why Grow Ornamental Flowers?

Another pot,

tipped over and left to rot.

Another flower,

ripped out by the roots.

.

My flower garden is

as barren as Eve’s womb before

she left paradise.

But unlike the Eve of that time’s womb,

it is filled with stretch marks.

.

I have pots of fertilizer

and pitchers of water

at the ready, but

what is the point

if every flower I tend to

and love

will eventually

leave me?

~

I find the flower seed,

I cup it in my hands,

it tells me

that it is happy,

it says

it will be like

a cancerous tumor

and never leave me,

even in death.

But they all lie.

.

Is it me,

do I lack the much needed

green thumb?

Is my talk odious

and my carbon dioxide breath foul?

.

What’s the point

of raising beautiful flowers

that give me no

sustenance?

Would it be better

if I did not waste my time

on such fruitless endeavors

and instead spent my time

cultivating fruits and vegetables

for business?

.

But at the end of the day,

vegetables are meant to be

in the back of a produce van

or in my interior.

.

Flowers are like

pet dogs.

They need you

to feed them,

to love them,

and to clean up their messes.

A flower might not

run away in the exact same manner

abandon me

as a dog,

but it does leave me in its own way.

Sometimes they are picked.

Sometimes they blow away in the breeze.

Sometimes they simply wilt and die.

~

So what is the point,

of growing ornamental flowers?

It seems so futile a task.

~

I guess,

I just like,

beautiful things.

While flowers,

Like friendships

don’t always last for eternity,

when I have them,

it seems like a happy

.

But then,

it’s gone~

11 thoughts on “Why Grow Ornamental Flowers?

  1. Flowers are like pet dogs… I feel your pain. For me it is Bee Balm. It blights every time. I wonder if there is something in the soil? Anyway, this is a really thoughtful poem “So what is the point… Like friendships” a lot of work and sometimes little reward.

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