Flowers For My Wife

Painting of a Woman Made Out of Lilies
(c) Octavio Ocampo

If I ever get married,

I will give my wife a plastic daffodil

And say to her,

My love for you is like this flower.

It will never wither.’

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She will pick the flower up,

And sniff at it a little,

Then raise it in the air,

And with a frown,

Strike me with it in the head!

Go and bring me a real flower,

That I will love to touch and smell,

And that can wither,

Proof that it’s alive.

Proof that your love is alive,

And a reminder,

That you must nurture it,

Lest it should die.

Go now.

If not,

Divorce.’

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Upon my honor, I would go,

I would run to the flower shop,

For that is the sort of woman I’d marry,

If I live long enough to have a wife.

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27 thoughts on “Flowers For My Wife

  1. This is so beautiful. Whenever I read poems about flowers, it’s usually the other way around where the fake flower represents a positive sentiment. What you’ve done here is really touching. Love, especially true love, is definitely alive and needs care and nurturing in order to continue to grow. Thank you for this post:) It really made my morning.

  2. A very insightful alternate view of what a plastic flower might represent to one person as opposed to another: Any gift only has value based on the qualities we arbitrarily assign to it. In relationships, particularly with regard to gift exchange, the trick is to make sure the qualities that one gift might represent are shared by your mate. Otherwise, the gift giver may be sleeping on the couch for the night.

  3. I’ve always disliked fake plants and flowers. However, they do possess immortality.

    The funny thing is that I am more prone to wanting things to last forever even if they aren’t dynamic or full of life.

    Here is to the living and here is to living.

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