Dwight Jenkins

The Flower Wars - Poem by Dwight Jenkins

Azaleas bloomed 'ere tulips knew
That other flowers also grew

The bush enshrined in sun and pink
The stalks ascending stop to think

'Can both of us survive so near?
The bush is bigger, and we fear

That if we lift our heads to rise
The bush might lop them off with cries

Of 'Tulips steal our precious sun
They drink the rain we need to stun

The world with beauty rare we own
And we'll not share, no we'll not loan! ' '

And though the tulips start in shade
They reach the sun but share the grave 

That both will know before too long 
Since neither one could get along

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Tulips growing up in the shadow of an azalea bush, dead pink flower petals strewn about on my mother-in-law's lawn. Reminded me of people.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2012

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