Catman Cohen

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If I Could Divide the Smell of Flowers


If I could divide the smell of flowers
I’d send some to the falsely charged
Locked in prison cells
Send some to the lonely seniors
Trapped in apartment hells
Send some to the weary miners
Sweating beneath the ground
Send some to the invisible people
Hauling our garbage ‘round

Some answers in life are so easy
Like zero plus zero is none
But how do we divide the smell of flowers
So their fragrance is shared by everyone?

If I could divide the smell of flowers
I’d pass some to the frightened animals
Caged against their wills
Pass some to the dying birds
Choking on oil spills
Pass some to the angry kids
Sniffing up airplane glue
Pass some to the crying widow
Missing the love she knew

Some answers in life are so easy
Like zero plus zero is none
But how do we divide the smell of flowers
So their fragance is shared by everyone?

If I could divide the smell of flowers
Then you’d always have your share
If I could divide the smell of flowers
There’d be sweetness around you

Everywhere

(2005)

Submitted: Monday, May 25, 2009

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  • Martin O'Neill (1/24/2012 7:08:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poems I've read on this site for a long time. I really love the sentiment and the delivery is very good. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Tai Chi Italy (5/25/2009 3:20:00 PM)

    I love flowers and this poem is how you do it dear Catman, I could smell them as I was reading, it is all in the minds eye of the reader, you have written it and all who read will smell the beautiful fragrance that you create for us here, even down there.

    2005 was a good year, one I will never forget.

    Smiling at you

    Tai (Report) Reply

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