no flowers


bring no flowers 

to my grave

waste no tears

if you couldn’t be bothered

to do either

when I was here

~Melanie Blackwell


Filed under 25 Words or Less, Poetry

25 responses to “no flowers

  1. Very heartstriking, but also very true, I agree with the message.

  2. This is such a simple piece of truth – painful truth. Beautifully written.

  3. nokindofmagic

    Reconciliation with the inevitable. Shocking at first , but the truth lies beneath theatrical social conventions. A very good read after a couple of sleepless nights.

  4. Reblogged this on Rethinking Life and commented:
    Melanie’s powerful poem is a reminder not to wait until it’s too late.

  5. A few simple words,,,lead to all that power. Beautifully done and true. Sometimes it’s just too late. Great poem. Important poem. I’m going to reblog so that people remember.

  6. omtatjuan

    So true… They extoll your greatness when you are dead but they make your life miserable when you are alive.

  7. Miranda Stone

    I love the power in this poem, Melanie. And I actually feel the same way. I’ve already made it clear that when I die, I want no funeral, no memorial service, no obituary announcing that I’m gone. Those who love and care about me and are involved in my life from day to day will know. As for fair-weathered friends or people I didn’t even like, they don’t get to show up and indulge in a superficial mourning ritual that I find grotesque.

  8. laurie27wsmith

    Straight and to the point.

  9. Oh Wow…This is strong, and very well put.
    I cannot but say, yeah. I agree with this sentiment

  10. Of course, in my case, it would be ‘ come not to my pyre..”

  11. ty for sharing this painful truth Melanie,
    i don’t suffer hypocrisy well either.

  12. Honest, open and searingly true – a modern day Christina Rossetti. Well written.

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