if you want to bring me flowers

be careful what you choose,

i can’t handle it when

they smell like a funeral.

maybe it comes from seeing

too many too early,

or maybe i’m just

too soft, sensitive,


easily injured, simply saddened.

i do my best to

hide behind daisies

and keep the smile strong

but sometimes the scent

seeps in.

this i know –

moments stick in my brain

like photographs

scattered in a scrapbook

glued among glitter by my own hand,

locked away by

smells or songs or

sensation – sentiments are strong.

sadness lives in

hidden pods within my brain,

pods that pop at

the strangest times,

releasing tears and wounds and blood and

memories held close.

i am sometimes strong enough

to handle them,

the waves wash me away

and my psyche is cleaned, cleared

by the release of my

toxic humors.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jingle Poetry
    May 23, 2011 @ 10:24:18

    thanks for sharing with poetry potluck..

    come again.


  2. Jess
    May 23, 2011 @ 09:36:07

    smells are an amazing memory trigger, well done


  3. clariice
    May 18, 2011 @ 01:53:48

    Lose your burden and sad memories – it will open up to more happiness down the road 🙂


  4. bendedspoon
    May 17, 2011 @ 04:31:34

    you’re too good! To be safe I’m not giving you flowers, just hugs 🙂


  5. Isabel Bush
    May 16, 2011 @ 15:14:38

    lovely poem


  6. honeyhaiku
    May 16, 2011 @ 13:34:08

    I enjoyed reading this. Yes, some flowers just are a reminder of death.


  7. goldenhairbear10
    May 16, 2011 @ 09:43:29

    Gorgeous lines. Simply amazing. My potluck:


  8. Jessica
    May 16, 2011 @ 08:59:46

    Interesting one! I like the toxic humors too, cute phrase.
    here from Poetry Potluck.


  9. hfokuvxr
    May 13, 2011 @ 13:53:13

    LAoN2Q nafvqwemqdyz, [url=]wbwsszggldvf[/url], [link=]tqtzprsbbuby[/link],


  10. Iris D
    May 13, 2011 @ 11:29:37

    “toxic humor” is a standout among several in this honest poem. You have a talent for revealing your thoughts.


  11. Frank
    May 10, 2011 @ 13:57:13

    having followed your work for some time now, I would have to say this is one of the best pieces you’ve ever written. keep working on it. it is very near what it could be.


  12. Walt
    May 09, 2011 @ 21:07:43

    Enjoying your work. Glad I found the rally (or better yet, the rally found me and directed me here!)


  13. JL Dodge
    May 09, 2011 @ 19:59:00

    The opening line stuck with me throughout the whole poem !
    Happy Rally


  14. Emily Jane
    May 09, 2011 @ 14:23:50

    Oooh, chilling. Very nice. Happy Rally


  15. Jingle
    May 09, 2011 @ 10:21:07

    toxic humor,

    apt piece, well penned.
    welcome to poets rally, have fun.


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