#FF — Death Row

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Long before dawn shows its face they come, with sharp knives held in their thick-gloved hands. With spotlights, they hunt for us. We shudder and dew flies as they grasp us and hack away, separating us from our lives. We are plunged into pails of ice water. At daylight the pails are loaded onto trucks and carted off to where, one by one, twelve by twelve, we are sold by our masters to others like them. The new masters transport us to a final place of slow death in a cylinder of tepid, rancid water. Our crime: affordable fragrant beauty.

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52 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    An eye opener from the point of view of the flowers

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Sadje, thank you.

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      1. Sadje says:

        My pleasure

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Ouch. That’s a tough read on the situation!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sorry, Iain, I’m in a dark frame of mind these days. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      1. Iain Kelly says:

        I can assume why given the news over the last few days. Hope you’re okay.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          One day at a time. Thank you for asking. My sons have been there for me every step of the way ❤

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  3. granonine says:

    Great job of personalizing those poor flowers 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thank you!

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  4. Badfinger (Max) says:

    That will make me think next time I have flowers in my hand.

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  5. Michael says:

    My mother would not have cut flowers, and I lean towards that myself, I believe that fragrance belongs in the air of a garden. I could smell sweet pea’s as I read your story… But if one lives in a high rise.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    A powerful allegory

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  7. neilmacdon says:

    A powerfull allegory

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  8. Oh dear.
    But we love the smell so how do we reach a compromise?

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  9. plaridel says:

    if only flowers could talk… thanks for lending them a voice.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Plaridel. They wanted to be heard.

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  10. I guess it does make you look at cut flowers in a different way!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad the story gave you another perspective, Christian 🙂

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  11. Well done! It reminded me of a friend who is vegan, who found herself dumbfounded at the possibility that plants communicate and feel … What will she eat, now?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Na’ama, it is a dilemma, isn’t it. The system we exist within seems to be based on killing other living things and protecting ourselves from that same fate. I guess it has to be that way because if nothing died, we would implode.

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      1. Yep. And, people forget that the world is also set to have ‘clean up crews’ for what does die. Or do they prefer there would be none of those, either? …

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  12. memadtwo says:

    Plants have feelings too. I don’t know why we refuse to acknowledge it. (K)

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  13. trishsplace says:

    Great use of the prompt. A bee’s eye view. Sad 😦

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Trish, thank you.

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  14. trishsplace says:

    Was it Keith who fairly recently wrote about the feelings of a keyboard? 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Our FF Keith or Keith Richards? I don’t remember. Very likely.

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  15. R.M. Carlson says:

    Lyrical. Loved reading it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, R.M.

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  16. final place of slow death in a cylinder of tepid, rancid water….great lines. I loved the story a lot.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Neel, thank you. Am glad you enjoyed the story 🙂

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  17. Now I feel guilty for buying myself a bunch of carnations yesterday!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol. I was looking at the flowers who were sacrificed at my mom’s funeral on Monday and when I saw this week’s image the story popped into my head. At least they give comfort before they go ❤

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  18. GHLearner says:

    Oh, such a sad tale. Sending you hugs.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gabi, thank you ❤

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  19. Bill says:

    Everyone loves Mother Nature, until they meet her. A ruthless woman of reality, indeed. Clever take, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Bill.

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  20. Dale says:

    The circle of life is brutal for some. Best we leave them where they grow to do what they will 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Great comment, Dale.

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      1. Dale says:

        Thank you 🙂

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  21. Dear Lisa,

    I may never look at flowers quite the same way. 😉 Sending more hugs to your dark place, my dear. I’ll admit to enjoying a big bouquet of fresh flowers.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, much appreciated. ❤
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  22. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently says:

    Interesting take!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Andrea.

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      1. Andrea Robinson-Decorating Pumpkins Differently says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  23. authorfleurl says:

    That’s a tragic tale indeed. I guess the same applies to the carrots in our salad, being pushed hard against a grater….owch!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL! It’s a kill or be killed world we live in, for better or worse…

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  24. Vartika says:

    Poor flowers. As a child I never liked to pluck a flower but now I don’t feel any guilt while plucking it. Nicely done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks so much for reading and your comment.

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  25. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooooo ouch, what s horrible life when told from the POV of the flower. Nicely described. Great emotions evoked.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Laurie!

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