My favorite flowers are Carnations


one for your boutonnière
or two weeks by
the convalescent’s bedside

you adorn me with
a showy rose

that withers
by the hour


Author: redgladiola

Creative writer happily predisposed to flights of fancy. You can find my poetry and short prose at

22 thoughts on “My favorite flowers are Carnations”

    1. I visit some of my elderly relatives in a home with carnations. I know they’ll last at least a week (sometimes two) and that they will be a fresh reminder that they have family and are loved before the next visit.

      Yes, please do reconsider carnations. =)

  1. Your poetic artistry continues to amaze me! The word “convalescent” was a slight put-off but it’s growing on me!


    1. I’m glad that troublesome word didn’t ruin the poem for you, but I thought it was kinder than “patient” or “invalid.” Ah, word choice is so hard! And thank you so much. ❤

  2. Ah, you are so right. Carnations do last a long long time and they have a beautiful fragrance.

    Somehow they have had to take a backseat to roses…but beauty always wins…no matter how fragile….

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