Pretty Jessica by Ayieko Sami

the lower half of a pretty woman's face with roses framing the side and beneath her face
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So we’ve heeded the advice,

And stopped to smell the roses

Pretty Jessica in the playground swinging, jumping

In dresses so colorful, our hearts smile

Them in pink flora dresses riding bicycles-

Chasing those in white

Our pretty Jessica just wants us to show up,

And be there when they step onto the next step

We’ve been brave to stop and smell the roses

They’ve been waiting for a while to share their scent

Pretty Jessica in the field waving in joy,

Hoping you’d come, prune, and add more water

They need you as they blossom

Pretty Jessica says thank you for stopping by-

Hope you had a good scent that raised your joy

Always stop and smell the roses

They too need an audience


Ayieko Sami is a Kenyan writer and a poet letting his pen bleed as his eyes get to see the chaos upstairs. Writing is therapeutic he says. You can read more of his poems at Bird Poetry.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Ayieko’s words are heavy with the scent of roses. A fragrant reminder that nature’s gifts to us are resplendent and irreplaceable. No man-made contraption can match the allure of a rose and its beauty. Yet we ignore this free and splendid spectacle. Could this be the residual effect of “nothing comes free in life…” At times, it’s good not to be so literal. Slow down and walk through the glorious gardens. Pretty Jessica beckons you over.
    Congratulations Ayieko!

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  2. jonicaggiano says:

    This is such a wonderful and creative way to present how nature is constantly showing us splendid and breathtaking wonders. Pretty Jessica was a great way to express (in my mind) how many would turn the eyes to see pretty Jessica but not a beautiful butterfly or flower. By the way nothing is wrong with looking at “Pretty Jessica,” but how about the earth’s gorgeously created magnificence. Congratulations Ayieko! Hugs, Joni

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  3. Sami says:

    Reblogged this on bird poetry.


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