My Flowers

TheLastMileBy: Joseph Demerson

San Quentin State Prison


Give me my flowers while I live. (Tweet-worthy!)

You’ll never know tomorrow’s tears.

Give me my flowers while I live.

You just might help me conquer my fears.

Fondly you know how short life is.

So give me my flowers while I live.

I like to smile, love and cheer.

Give me flowers while I live.

The time is ticking while we’re here.

Give me my flowers while I live.

Don’t listen to people with bad ideas.

Today will be gone, tomorrow will disappear.

You still have time to whisper something nice in someone’s ear.

Please give me my flowers while I live.

Those sweet smells of jasmine and honey is real.

Give me flowers that will heal.

My broken heart with something tangible to help me live.

Now give me my flowers so I can remember.

That special day that was oh so tender.

Give me my flowers while I live.


All communications between inmates and external channels are facilitated by approved volunteers since inmates do not have access to the internet. This program is part of The Last Mile San Quentin. Twitter: @TLM

  • Be still. Be quiet. Close your eyes and remember. Here you go.

    (What a difference BOP would be with green plants and flowers.)

  • jerry

    Thank you, Joseph

  • Sheila Goodman

    Loved this. Thank you for sharing! This is a good reminder to live in the moment and be grateful for what we have.

  • Rebecca Kaykas-Wolff

    Beautiful, Joseph. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Leslie

    Dear Joe, Having met and had the privilege to work with you, I know how tender your heart is…towards people, animals and all things of beauty in nature. Thank you for sharing this peom striaght from your heart! Yes…flowers are part of God’s creation that He intended for us to enjoy and to help heal our souls. The sweet smelling linden tree blossoms, jasmine and wisteria are in bloom. JUst imagine them in your minds eye. God bless you, Joe! Thank you for reminding us to loive in the moment and be grateful and full of joy.

  • Kenyatta Leal

    Speak on it Joe! Thank you for sharing these words of wisdom I’m sure they will touch the hearts of all who read them.
    One Love

  • Floyd S Hall

    Hi friend
    I really enjoyed your work. It was very nice I shared it with everyone. Well done.