And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin
At the flower hospital, millions lie on stick stretchers.
The “Unblossomed Emergency Room” is so loud with complaints
the flower nurses and doctors have to wear acorn hearing protection.
It is rare one cannot blossom for medical reasons.
99% of the time it is only psychological.
The disappointment screams are unbearable,
their water vases are removed.
They wilt, still shut tight,
cursing the sky
they cannot see.
Cindy R. Goff is originally from Chilhowie, Virginia. She received her M.F.A. from George Mason University in 1993. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including Exquisite Corpse, Hawaii Review, and Ploughshares. Her first book of poems, Appalachian Flood was published in 2009. Her new book of poems, The Gods of Greenery, is forthcoming.http://cindygoff.blogspot.com/
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