Roses Sitting On Death Row

Roses Sitting On Death Row

Roses Sitting on Death Row

Roses Sitting on Death Row is a moderately cynical view about the custom of giving flowers.  People have probably been giving cut flowers to others since the beginning of time.  I doubt if Adam picked flowers for Eve from the Garden Of Eden.  Giving cut flowers to my wife was not usually a surprise since the act stemmed from either obligation or request.

The life of cut flowers can be extended using several techniques.  Most stem ends can be seared in boiling water for ten thirty seconds to dramatically extend the life of cut flowers.  Lilacs require a minute although most flowers require much less searing time.  Sachets of food can be added to the vase to slightly extend life.  Alkaline tap water in a vase promotes proliferation of bacteria which easily prevented by adding citric juices or vinegar.  One drop of bleach can prevent mold and fungus which kills flowers prematurely.

I have nothing against people choosing cut flowers but prefer to give potted plants to someone I care about.  My wonderful wife has received many roses from me over the years.  Potted plants can be moved to a garden or remain planted indoors.  Flowers can continue to grow with proper care and maintenance.  Many potted roses received from family and friends here in Sweden were subsequently replanted in my front garden.  Harsh winters kill a small percentage of garden roses but most manage to survive.

Roses Sitting On Death Row – Poem

He contemplated not their pain
aware that no more they could grow.
Cut down their life could not remain.
No roots to feed on earth below.

Life that the garden did sustain
will quickly vanish from the rose.
Glass vase that holds can not retain
the life force of the one he chose.

Once proud they glistened in the rain.
Chopped down they sit and wait to go.
No more can nourishment sustain
the flowers waiting on death row.

It will not feel the warmth again
of golden sun that it once knew.
When picked the life began to drain
of roses he will give to you.

It can for short time splendor feign
pretending to be something new
Their radiance will quickly wane
Red roses sitting on death row.

END OF POEM

Roses Sitting On Death Row conclusion

Several methods can be used to extend the life of cut flowers.   One can dramatically extend the life of cut flowers by searing stem ends.   Lilacs require a minute although most flowers require much less searing time.  Sachets of food added to the vase can extend the life of cut flowers.  Alkaline tap water in a vase promotes proliferation of bacteria which easily prevented by adding citric juices or vinegar. One drop of bleach can prevent mold and fungus which kills flowers prematurely.

I have nothing against people choosing cut flowers but prefer to give potted plants to someone I care about.  Potted plants can remain indoors for enjoyment or replanted outside in the garden for others to view.  Flowers can continue to grow with proper care and maintenance.  Many potted roses received from family and friends here in Sweden were subsequently replanted in my garden.  Harsh winters kill a small percentage of garden roses but most manage to survive.
red roses sitting on death row

Final Considerations

One of the featured stories gracing the upcoming book entitled Lusory Lore Of Lautitious Lachrymose will be Roses Sitting On Death Row.
Other posts by Alexander M. R. Smoljanovic about roses containing significant emotional depth include The Rose You Gave Was Not For Me and Gold Autumn Leaves With Withered Rose.  This is the first poem about roses for the new book following the Rednaxela Tried Not To Feel post.

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