Dana Gioia

(24 December 1950 / Hawthorne, California)

Previous Month December 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
Modern Poem of The Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

Thanks for Remembering Us


The flowers sent here by mistake,
signed with a name that no one knew,
are turning bad. What shall we do?
Our neighbor says they're not for her,
and no one has a birthday near.
We should thank someone for the blunder.
Is one of us having an affair?
At first we laugh, and then we wonder.

The iris was the first to die,
enshrouded in its sickly-sweet
and lingering perfume. The roses
fell one petal at a time,
and now the ferns are turning dry.
The room smells like a funeral,
but there they sit, too much at home,
accusing us of some small crime,
like love forgotten, and we can't
throw out a gift we've never owned.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: funeral, thanks, home, time, flower, remember, rose

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Thanks for Remembering Us by Dana Gioia )

Enter the verification code :

  • Tiku . (12/20/2013 9:48:00 AM)

    Cant say who sent the flowers but a beautiful drop.liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (12/20/2013 2:33:00 AM)

    How sweet, these would be a lovely weekly surprise. thank you Dana. May this surprise come again (Report) Reply

  • Paul Anthony (12/20/2012 7:44:00 PM)

    Lovely little poem. it seems to sum up those little mysteries in life that leave you wondering.............. (Report) Reply

  • Asim Khan (12/20/2012 10:00:00 AM)

    Great metaphor. There are times when events occur in our lives and we do not appreciate them then. The flowers represented those.
    Excellent poem. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (12/21/2011 12:12:00 AM)

    good poem! Success in life is all about perfect timing, being at the right place and at the right time...the flowers in this poem just went to the wrong place, the way it is like in life most often... (Report) Reply

Read all 8 comments »

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. It's Every thing, Cee Bea
  2. A good teacher, Slim Jay
  3. The Constant., Tony Adah
  4. The Enemy Behind Me, Slim Jay
  5. Religion's Devils, Naveed Akram
  6. My Son Ali, kassem oude
  7. Hit Music, Michael McParland
  8. Mind, Soul and Spirit, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  9. Drivers lessons, Harold R Hunt Sr
  10. I love you, Harold R Hunt Sr

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Dreams, Langston Hughes

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]