Like the Innocent Flower

innocent-flower‘Poppy, don’t touch!’

Annabelle shouldn’t have shouted – everyone’s giving her the what’s wrong with her look.

‘Come here, darling.’

If she’d let Poppy touch the flowers, there would be no argument. Parenting could be so easy… She’ll have to bribe Poppy away from the park with ice-cream.

‘Looking is okay, but you mustn’t touch. Remember? They’re evil.’

‘Other children touch them and their mummies let them.’

‘That’s because they’re not botanists. They can’t tell those flowers aren’t pretty daisies.’

Flowers that make people weak-willed and suggestible. Flowers that didn’t originate on Earth. Flowers that … the thought’s too bleak to finish.

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This is my contribution to this week’s Moral Mondays.