Say it with Roses

On Friday night
the doorbell rang.
She opened up
and there he stood,
in his hands
a sunset of roses,
plump petals
fragrant with promises.
By Monday
they had wilted,
petals browning,
stems slimy, pungent,
sick with stagnant
water, in a storm
of greenfly.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Say it with Roses

Another poem in response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille

De is our host today and she has chosen the word ‘storm’. I’m sorry, I got a little hooked on flowers tonight!


30 thoughts on “Say it with Roses

    1. Aphids are most active in spring and summer and if they are tucked away inside petals or on the back of leaves, apart from the damage they inflict directly by removing plant juices, they carry virus diseases. I prefer to keep roses outside in the garden where they can continue to thrive and bloom.

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  1. Really enjoyed this pessimism. Courting can be such a lie, on both sides.
    It shows the opportunistic sides of Sapiens: presenting a different self, to obtain entry.
    Nicely woven.
    I had to look up “greenfly” — apparently a Britishism for Aphid.

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    1. Thanks for reading and for your kind comments, Sabio. I call them aphids sometimes but mostly greenfly – my grandfather always called them that! Relationships can be so tricky, even when you think you know someone, and I’m not a great fan of cut flowers. Honesty is always the best policy.


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