dead flowers

For Kerry’s Camera Flash prompt at Real Toads.

dead flowers
in the morning
the sadness of summer sun
seeps through the curtains,
warmth seen but not felt –
the soap smells of flowers
wilted and long dead

Morning by Clarence White 1906 fair use

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annell4
    Jul 05, 2018 @ 08:35:11

    “The sadness of summer sun seeps through the curtains.” I wish I had written those words.


  2. coalblack
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 09:20:20

    But preserved and re-purposed nonetheless. Sometimes that’s the only and best thing to do with things that are fading. But i realize this is a mood piece, and you’ve struck the mood perfectly.


  3. Vivian Zems
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 16:25:54

    You painted the right mood onto this pic.
    The summer sun, now cooled… in the same room but sad. Love it


  4. Magaly Guerrero
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 16:45:23

    Heart-squeezing from start to finish, such desolation… when what springs is dead, when the sweet reminder brings to mind death and loss.


  5. Sherry Marr
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 17:58:27

    I love the mood in this poem…the sadness of summer sun through curtains…….


  6. hypercryptical
    Jul 07, 2018 @ 18:17:19

    How sad when the day wakes as this Toni.
    A melancholy yet beautiful write.
    Anna :o]


  7. oldegg
    Jul 08, 2018 @ 00:31:36

    The bathroom is one of the safe places you can muse when there are others in the house. Beautfully written Kanzensakura.


  8. kim881
    Jul 08, 2018 @ 01:36:27

    Ah, Toni! I love the sibilance and the imagery in:
    ‘the sadness of summer sun
    seeps through the curtains’
    and I can smell that soap,


  9. Kerry O'Connor
    Jul 08, 2018 @ 01:47:54

    This is a skilful capture of the melancholy mood linked to the muted sunlight and the odour of dead flowers.


  10. sanaarizvi
    Jul 08, 2018 @ 05:06:54

    This is heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Toni 💜💜


  11. Corey Rowley
    Jul 08, 2018 @ 13:38:27

    What a great ending line. I think you took the sepia tone and used it as ink, truly remarkable.


  12. mhmp77
    Jul 08, 2018 @ 21:38:59


    warmth seen but not felt –
    the soap smells of flowers
    wilted and long dead

    It doesn’t seem to be an encouraging morning to look forward to. It happens sometimes!



  13. purplepeninportland
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 20:10:22

    Sometimes it is a good idea to go back to bed. This is beautiful writing, Toni, it captures the mood and color of the art.


  14. Jo
    Jul 09, 2018 @ 22:56:47

    I love the melancholy tone of your piece!


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