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Ode to a Smelly Rose

Updated on September 21, 2011

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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    • clara kish@yahoo. profile image

      Clara Kish 6 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

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

    • truthfornow profile image

      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 6 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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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Ouch! I'm glad this isn't written for me! Yikes! Hope the situation heals pretty good carrying this around for very long. Nice prose.