stem collector

I have a confession to make :

I keep stems around.


Stems for poems,

Usually colliding with rock music trivia

Stems for first date conversation topics

Usually colliding with rock music trivia

Even though I promise I tried.


Stems for games and playing games

In an attempt to tame competition

Into a human-size outline for the night


Stems for prayers in times of need

Which like most prayers are kept unsaid anyway

Stems for times of need

Replaced without warning by actual ones

Bearing message of more adjustments to be made



I collect stems. They are less colourful than butterflies

But exactly as dead.



Cake writing challenge #65. Prompts : sprint, rats, competition, prayer, first date
Didn’t use all of them, and went for a lighter style than usual, I wasn’t that satisfied with the very heavy effort put out last week after all. Hope you enjoy !

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7 responses to “stem collector

  • hansales1088

    This is awesome! Great poem!

  • Elaine McKay

    I think I might be a stem collector, if I’ve read this correctly, and the stem is the beginning of an idea. Does the fact he has something rehearsed cheapen his efforts on the first date since he feels he is confessing? Or I may have misunderstood, highly possible! The second stanza is my favourite.

    • Godefroy D.

      … I have no idea ! The poem is as yours as it is mine :)
      Yeah, stems to me are … pieces of things. They can be the end of a song, part of a conversation you thought might happen, but they will never really flower into something else. At least that’s what I started with anyway x3 thanks for reading !

  • SJ O'Hart

    This is great! I love the idea of being a ‘stem collector’ – I have a literal image of a vase full of stems, i.e. flowers without heads, but what the word means to me is ‘beginnings’ – like, the narrator collects potential. What a great concept. And I love the line ‘Which like most prayers are kept unsaid anyway’ – a wonderful distillation of the human condition, right there. Well done.

    • Godefroy D.

      That was the idea I toyed with – that they might seem to offer potential but as soon as considered become as dry and sterile as flower stems collected under glass … I didn’t want to harp on it too much as it would have weighted the text too much imo ^^ Thanks for the kind comment :)

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