Treasure Island

Julie A Smith

(Illinois)

So Not Perfect


Just heard a song on the radio
a girl singing about a boy
who is not less than perfect.
Sweet.
Got me think'n bout
how I am
so not perfect.
Course none of us like
to have that truth pointed out.
Better to be wooed
with romantic gestures
and a sweet and caring smile.
Chocolate is good, too.

For awhile now
it has been on my heart
to always take the time
to smell the roses.
Do you want to know a secret?
When I am alone
and I pass by flowers
on the street
or in the grocery store,
then I stop and smell the roses.
I made a decision that I never want to be
too busy to take time for that.
It is a beautiful joy of life
and one that I try to appreciate.
Too many people zip by life
and miss those little moments
that are the sweetest.

A little over a week ago
I was getting groceries one night.
I detoured to smell the many bouquets of flowers,
and honestly I was dodging that annoying guy
(the one always trying to sell me cable or something
every time I set foot in Wal-Mart) .

A young guy
about 18 or so
struck up a conversation with me
alongside the roses.
He spilled out his heart
about his break-up with his girl,
his dear love.
He selected the red roses
hoping to win her back.
Hoping she would forgive him.
Hoping he hadn't lost her for good.
The beautiful card
that he selected for her
and his story touched my heart.
Relationships,
like people,
are not perfect
and we all make mistakes.
When we are able to admit it
is when
we get the
gold star.

Submitted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Edited: Friday, November 22, 2013

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/30/2012 10:18:00 PM)

    This is what I call textbook prose...I like the storyline and the structural movement that rides mellifluously throughout...As you know, no one is perfect, especially they who claim to be! Stellar workmanship accomplished, here ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

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