Ode to a Smelly Rose

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Smiling and talking

to everybody but me.

Singing and showing

to attract others

by superficial wit and charm.


Falsified smiles

kind words

insincere concern,

like a Venus Fly Trap

luring your next prey.


The shiniest façade

cannot dare hide

a stench so powerful

an ugliness so surreal

a nature unable to deny.


Underneath the beautified skin

and flowerily décor

spots of rotten flesh

shine through

And every now and then

mostly all the time

your stink takes up the room

causing everyone to leave.


Ode to a smelly rose

how you must think

people love you so.

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Ouch! I'm glad this isn't written for me! Yikes! Hope the situation heals pretty soon...no good carrying this around for very long. Nice prose.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Such a sting ouch

Much better to be yourself and have friends who accept you as you are. Than to pretend to be something you're not, most are able to see through the shallowness.

I like it


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks. This poem was inspired by someone I have to deal with and see. Thankfully, this is not someone I want as a friend.


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clara kish@yahoo. 5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

Thank you for letting me know .I am grateful for any help. Clara Kish

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