These Flowers Are Not Silent

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These Flowers Are Not Silent

These flowers are not silent, not at all like the others…
They don’t sit demurely in a vase, quietly and half smile.
These flowers shout out loud to the entire household,
they are lusty and flaunt their colors, gaudily with no shame.

These flowers were not just placed into the vase;
they took it over, they conquered it, unruly and noisily,
every flower outdoing the other in size, scent and color.
They become transcendent in sunlight, rouged ladies of the night.

Their smell is so overwhelming, it should be labeled, Poison.
It surrounds visitors as they enter the front door unsuspectingly.
They overpower the room, and guests will become dizzy in their presence
They make dreamers out of the catatonic, exhilarate the almost- dead.

If one stares long enough, in just the right light, they begin their dance:
A Can Can with skirts high over their knees and they wink and giggle in sync.
They are beyond propriety, beyond the norms of society…shockingly scandalous!
How I love them for their non-conformity, for their wild short lives, so very well-lived.

Karima Hoisan
January 23, 2021
Costa Rica

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22 Responses to These Flowers Are Not Silent

  1. daleinnis says:

    You see all of the meanings in things! Love these flowers, and your words.

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  2. Their smell is so overwhelming, it should be labeled, Poison.

    They are beyond propriety, beyond the norms of society…shockingly scandalous!

    WOWZERS – I’m almost afraid of your flowers now, Karima! 😉


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  3. Jeff Flesch says:

    A fantastic poem, Karima. I love how you play with movement and engagement between the flowers and the reader. They really did move and engage with me, Karima. Lovely. 😊❤️🙏

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  4. Samreen Asad says:

    You can write about anything and everything so beautifully habeebity, I just love it,your emotions, your insights, your depth of thinking and your creativity is mind blowing. ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗

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    • Hugs you for saying these words UmAnzar!..How your comments elevate my spirits and make me feel I can soar!! Thank you habeebity for your friendship and sincere generosity! ❤️🤗🙏🌹🌺🌼🌸🌟


  5. sercan455 says:

    Hermosa e inspirada descripción amiga!!! Abrazos

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  6. Awesome poem, Karima! I knew just form the title I would really like this one!

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  7. Hoyt says:

    Flowers in a vase overwhelming the room and all within it. “They make dreamers out of the catatonic.” You have captivated me Ruca! I will never look at a vase with flowers again without thinking of these words!

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  8. Wow. It spoke to me on many different levels. And I understood so well, with gratitude, what the flowers represent, and what their exuberance signify. If only we were all allowed to live that way, or at least the flowers among us, the womenfolk. Powerful, as usual, Karima. 💪🙏🙏🙏

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    • Only you Sundaram saw another level, these flowers could represent…With their vibrant colors and their intoxicating perfume..The essence of women, many times hidden behind drab outer coverings, but waiting to just be themselves… and yes..I do admire those who break through and go beyond demure smiles:) Thank you my friend! 🙏🤗🌺🌹🌸

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  9. Robin Saikia says:

    “their wild short lives, so very well-lived.” absolutely marvellous!

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