Juanita Book

By Juanita Torrence-Thompson

ęCopyright by Juanita Torrence-Thompson

JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON is a poet/writer/speaker whose award-winning work appears in U.S. and Canadian journals and online. See her poetry and book information at: Poetry Town. See Barbara Hantman's review of Torrence-Thompson's CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE (Torderwarz Publishing Company)at: The Pedestal Magazine

September 13, 2001

Today I bought flowers
to give my spirits a lift
Those bright carnations
screamed out to me
to take them home

Today I bought flowers
to put in a vase
near a photo montage
of my departed mother
In a way,

the flowers are a memorial
to her and the victims
of the September 11 massacre,
but also give me peace and solace

I rarely buy flowers for myself--
that's left to my husband and son--
but today I bought flowers,
flowers, flowers
like it was the beginning
of the end of the world