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


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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