Where Have All the Flowers Gone? - Sonnet

Updated on July 4, 2019
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Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.


The climate continues to change at a rapid rate. With it reflects a change in the human mind. The question arises, time and again - how long before the beautiful red rose, a symbol of pure love, becomes a fossil? How long, will we humans, be able to hold our characters together, before it all breaks the nervous system of our dear Mother Earth, and our accumulated sins pile up to a rot we never could imagine? How long will it take, for greed and unchecked power to crush any remaining bud trying to grow through the feeble sunlight? Is there still hope?

Flowers Bidding Adieu
Flowers Bidding Adieu | Source

The Poem

Envisaged under the mundane blue lake

Subdued hues of desire, love, time unborn

Reflecting scant, eloped, untouched, dark clouds

Pearls of morose, celestial tears, forlorn

Magnolia, rose, camellia, ivy, may

Brown tinge of lifeless here, despair, numb there

Friends of petunia, jasmine, doleful choir

March of the dead, unsung with verse of care

And as tonight, the moonless slumbered sky

Fade harmony, cacophony, alike

Distinct cry rests, beneath the bed perturbed

Papier- mâché soul-truths, away they glide

Dreamed, a kind face, atop a blooming cliff

Part human, part divine, part angel, if

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Rinita Sen


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      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        3 weeks ago

        You see things through my words, loud and clear. I appreciate your visit every time, Li-Jen. I am glad my poem has given you something to think about.

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        Li-Jen Hew 

        4 weeks ago

        Hi Rinita, you did well in showing to us what Mother Earth will look like if we are not helping. I like your choice of words between commas. It's giving me an image of dead flowers (like the above) and helps me to think of what ifs. Like what if we did better.. we could save the earth haha. The one word pattern that you used throughout the poem reminds me of how the earth would be if it lacked resources like water and our detachment from nature. Thanks for sharing!

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        6 weeks ago

        Totally agree with your comment, Pamela. Yes, it could be a natural phenomenon, too, but feels like the major culprit is the human race. Sometimes I think we humans might not even be part of the world, as much as other animals are. We are invaders and destroyers. Hope we can pick up the pieces now, and start thinking of a better tomorrow. Thank you for visiting my sonnet.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        6 weeks ago

        Thank you, Lorna. We can try to do our best, and hope it is not already too late. Appreciate your visit.

      • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

        Rinita Sen 

        6 weeks ago

        Good to see you, John, and thanks for echoing my thoughts. Hoping against hope that things at least stop deteriorating further.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        Climate change may be totally caused by man and it may also be some type of natural change that has occurred over millions of years. Regardless of the reason, we need to take care of our planet. I was watching something this morning that showed all the plastic and junk in the ocean, and there is no reason for that! There is so much we could do, but the world is unconcerned. You can hardly breathe the air in India, etc., etc.

      • Lorna Lamon profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        7 weeks ago

        This sonnet is a timely reminder to take care of our planet before it's too late. Well written and thought provoking.

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        John Hansen 

        7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Rinita, climate change is a real threat to the environment, whether man made or not doesn’t matter. It would be a shame to see many of our plants and flowers wither and become extinct. You spread the message very well in this thoughtfully constructed sonnet.


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