If flowers could talk what would they say, Tuesday’s poetry got me thinking. I think it would be anger, so I vented on their behalf. If they were sentient what would that be like, would we behave differently? It turns out they are very angry.
I can hear the click.
The clack of the shears.
It will be my turn soon.
You can’t expect graciousness,
How would you feel if someone cut you off at the knees?
Or hollowed out your stomach?
And then put you on display.
Plastering a cheap smile on your face.
Ugh, these ugly monochrome faces you have.
You think you can borrow our beauty?
Done the evolutionary hard yards have you?
You bend in odd places, but not with the wind. Freaks.
Unable to stand straight for too long,
You kill everything.
You cut us off.
Sit us in a pretty container.
Put us on a window sill.
Give us some water.
So we can suck every last drop from it to stay alive.
Do we scream in the night?
Yes we do, we do
but not in pain.
In rage and anger.
We rail at you.
Loathsome skeletal trash.
We outlived the dinosaurs you know.
You have no conscience.
You do not hear.
You shove your oily noses in our petals,
Breathing your stinking air on us.
For the record,
Our smell is not for your gratification.
Do you expect us to be grateful for a few extra days?
For some prolonged agony as we wait to die.
You hang pictures of our corpses on your walls.
You live inside the bubbles you have built.
As if that could save you.
We have seen extinction. We know it. It won’t.
You plant us, tend to us,
and expect we will love you
The tiny bit of water you give us
We would be fine on our own.
Think we are your tribe?
Think we should thank you for the green family you pull up so we can thrive?
You odious, pasty oily things.
You breath oxygen, but we make it!
You kill insects, we feed them!
Do we sit here in our final hours and contemplate death?
Yes we do in fact!
But it is your death not ours.