Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @darc_nina #LoH

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

The Language of Flowers
by Angela Yuriko Smith

This color suits you.

Purple, color of mourning

I will plant lilac


to disguise the smells

of your transition from life

to post consumer.


Salvia, I plant

though it can’t help you much now…

your longevity


being what it is:

done. The language of flowers

a cacophony


of conversation

where color and scent create

all the nuances.


Dandelion last—

it is the final flower.

The golden blossoms


are coins for passage

upon the silent ferry. 

The root drills straight down


to the underworld.

The autumn leaves are bitter

like winter, like loss.


They make no judgement

and treat all the graves the same.

When I see the seeds


dancing in the Spring

I will be thinking of you

and planting new things.



More from Angela Yuriko Smith:

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author and co-publisher of Space and Time magazine, a publication that has been printing speculative fiction, art and poetry since 1966. Together we build a poem as a community each month. Visit “Exquisite Corpse” at to submit.

Catch up with Angela here!


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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @darc_nina #LoH

  1. Marge Simon says:

    A time for planting and you’ve planted a great little poem, here, Angela!

  2. This poem speaks to me – I am fascianted by flowers and the mythology around them. The imagery of the dandelion was particularly apt – so beautiful.

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