In The Garden

I picked a flower in the garden
It was surely the best of them all
Then momma said don’t pick my flowers
Kill one and the others will fall

I said I ain’t killing no flowers
Just picking to give to you
Momma said that’s real sweet
But the other flowers, well they’ll get blue

I said momma I’ll be gone
Off to play with the boys in the street
She said go on now, I don’t mind
Just watch for cars, and be quick on your feet

The next day, well it felt like fire
And oh how hot the sun
When momma called us in
We got lemonade, then we were off in a run

That night sure was a beauty
The stars oh they were so great
Momma brought me a blanket
Said be home by midnight, and don’t be late

It was real cold in the winter
My face blue, not the usual red
Momma bundled me up in her arms
Said I’m sorry, your father is dead

Oh, how I cried so much
Tears streaming from my eyes
Why is it always the best people
Why is it those people, that have to die

Momma said it’s ok
Momma said his spirit now is light
She said when your pickin’ a flower
You pick the most beautiful, right?

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TheTellerOfFutures said...
Feb. 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm
I don't on Teen Ink sorry
J.Timothy said...
Feb. 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm
This is really impressive, do you have any other poems?
TheTellerOfFutures said...
Feb. 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm
It really means alot
TheTellerOfFutures said...
Feb. 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm
Thank you everyone for your support
Mikey123 said...
Jul. 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm
Very impressive!
Poetboy123 said...
Jul. 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm
This is amazing! I love it!
Nadia.A This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 11, 2015 at 3:03 am
Definitely one of my favorites on Teen Ink!
TheTellerOfFutures replied...
Jul. 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm
Thank you so much, it's great to hear that from a reader! @Nadia.A
Jason.Riptide replied...
Jul. 11, 2015 at 8:53 pm
I agree with @Nadia.A, really nice job!
Sarah.N.123 replied...
Jul. 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm
I'm crying, that's so sad... Yet so true.
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