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No Flowers

There are no flowers there...
just flies, and dust and sun
Where a child wanders
over dirt under calloused feet
under a blazing sun
on a barren land

there are no flowers
there are no trees

where hunger is the only companion
where a pool of dirty water is a lonely playground
where life drains out and sickness plays the only game

where no birds sing...
where the only sound are tears of the innocent

where a child alone, lays down
where there are no flowers
only thorns
for his grave

Submitted for "A Piece of Bread, Please" contest sponsorerd by Sami Al-khalili

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 8/24/2009 7:49:00 AM
    Carrie, congratulations on your placement in Sami's contest. Very moving and vivid poem. All the best, KRista

  1. Date: 8/17/2009 3:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Sami's contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 8:20:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in Sami's contest Carrie.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 7:42:00 AM
    Where did you hide this poem? I've missed it. Superb! One of the best in this Contest(Shh...I give you the fist place). It goes to my favs. You're a permanent...perpetual winner!! Congratulations, Carrie! Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 5:33:00 PM
    A sad and heart wrenching piece..I think about all the women,men and children that are poverty stricken and it is the most painful feeling inside..Knowing that somewhere , someone is alone, not eating, someone is sick and dying, someone is homeless, someone is abandoned and forgotten.While others have so much..I look at my life and I thank God for what I have.It truly is a blessing and with what I have ,I try to help others when I can.You touched my heart in this one.Beautiful~ God Bless, Tyesha

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 12:28:00 PM
    ....speaking the true tenderness of your wonderful precios heart! Beautiful write dear Carrie Richards~Love always to you and loves, John!:)

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 12:23:00 PM
    Ahh! Two parts-two different presentations....both laced within conpassion and recognitions! One of sympathy and one of gratefullness! Realizing the countless plights around the world which suffer, underneath the broken confines of chance and circunstance~while others experience the joys and the pleasures that countless others shall never know! Such a compassionate and compelling write of recognitionm...cont....

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 9:34:00 AM
    Love the imagery of the last lines Carrie.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 1:21:00 AM
    Best wishes with this one Carrie.Like the kyrielle flavour.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 2:26:00 PM
    It is very difficult to realize there are still so many children dying from poverty, hunger, sickness. It baffles the mind and hurts the heart that some have so much while other have nothing. A perfect entry for this contest. An excellent, thoughtful and disturbing write. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 1:05:00 PM
    how sad-- where a child alone, lays down where there are no flowers only thorns for his grave so heart wrenchingly sad

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 12:22:00 PM
    Death leaves a desert always behind it seems, but our memories are really gardens with a thousand blooms. Love

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 11:58:00 AM
    I am not use to your writing poems that makes my heart sad.. the last stanza is strong and very wishes and thanks for the comments today.

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 11:35:00 AM
    So sad, makes you thankful for what you have, very deep piece full of vivid imagery, I loved it! Good luck in the contest! Blessings, ~Michaela~

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 10:55:00 AM
    goodness, how lucky we all are. This is such a poignant piece, beautifully written. You have captured my heart. Regards: Déirdre