How Unlike the Wildflowers

Imitating intimacy of bees

Executing eugenics of species

We breed for color, shape, voluptuousness 

Using our arts and our sciences 

To force them to bloom under false pretenses 

In deceptively manufactured climates 

Deem stems worthy or unworthy 

Gifts to express emotion perfectly

Strip them of their thorns, peel away their petals 

Pull off their leaves to finalize their suitability 

As gifts to express our deepest emotions 

Or help conceal our most shameful lies 

Disembodied and imprisoned

For our enjoyment as they slowly wilt  

We place what we think of as perfection 

In a vase on our dining room table to die as we watch 

Denied their Purpose 


Perfection conceived, delicate petals 

Bloomed into the world to define beauty 

We redefine in our own mortal image 

Bred to fulfill others’ expectations 

Petal, thorn, root and leaf of being 

Taken by institutionalized shame  

Raised in hothouses where we are forced 

To bloom in only the conventional way 

By our appearance judged fit or unfit 

For the imprisonment of lifelong display 


How unlike the wildflowers that live freely 

Rioting in joyous fields of color 

None the worse for managing to remain 

Untouched by our improvement 

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Wildflowers know an eternal secret. :)


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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

very true........


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you. :)


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

A richly poetic and ironic commentary on human nature!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Ever notice how flowers bred for larger brighter blooms and straighter stems lose their fragrance in the process?


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Yes, I did notice! And I miss that, too.


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

To be that wildflower.. reminds me somewhat of the essay about Apples written by Thoreau I read this afternoon. He compares the wild apple trees and how they grow in comparison to those cultivated. Love the soundcloud, very nice addition.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

I have lived to hear that a piece of my work reminds someone of Thoreau. This is a great gift, thank you, Rebekah. I will reread that essay :)


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Enjoyed the audio! Very cool! I am a big fan of gifting with live plants (with or without flowers).


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you! I used to love to plant trees, watch them grow from a few inches tall to multiples of my height. They have stages of life, even a kind of slow personality if you take the time to get to know them.


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Beautiful absolutely mesmerising.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A beautiful hub which I read with pleasure.

Thanks for sharing this gem with us.

Here's to many more to share on here.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Perhaps we too are "wild flowers." We force our children into doing the "right thing." To color within the lines.. To color the bark on trees brown, not purple... Flag up and awesome!

Perhaps we need to "balance" our needs and our children's needs. We must authentic ourselves and be the best of our potential. Not the best of some else's potential, needs, or wnats. If our children can be who they are would be a new beginnings of less "anxieties," concerns and streesed children... We could "smell the flowers" and enjoy the process of life as it is meant to be.. Not forced, not pre-determined, just a process...


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much, Eiddwen and Dallas. "Balance." Yes. All things in moderation, perhaps?


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Followed here from your rain poem, the audio cloud is super! This poem touches home to me, having worked for years as a florist, but also as a landscape gardener, these thoughts you express I have dwelled on myself over and over again, nicely done, congratulations. Regards, snakeslane


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Great poem and thanks for sharing.

Take care and have a great day.

Eiddwen.

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