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Petals

Sep 28, 2013

Some people get old before they’re old.

Life’s pain spins an exoskeleton
that restricts
and chokes,
and bends the spirit into frozen shapes.

Rejections, disappointments, not-havings,
regrets, unforgiveness, retributions,
judgements, indictments and sorrows,
all contribute to the hardening.

A life without mercy is a prison.

Other people are like roses, climbing wooden fences,
luxuriating in the sun,
opening, opening, opening,
to butterfly tongues, bee proboscises,
Intoxicating other noses too,
in uncalculated generosity.

These blossoms
open open open
soften soften soften
lose their color,
lose their form,
droop and wither,
relax their hold until
their petals fall away.

The memory of these folks
are as petals pressed in pages
fragile, fragrant,
immutable.

Image(s) from Wikimedia Commons
aussiegall Flickr "Roses Over the Back Fence"

Kimmy Sophia BrownKimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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