8 April 2011 § 10 Comments

The flowers of the field

Violet and Primrose
In their bright one-pieces
Lie in the sun
And nudge each other, pitying
Poor plain Windflower,
Who, for all her basking, stays
As white as writing paper all season long,
And giggle at tall green
With his strong stems, thick leaves
And fair head of white flowers,
As shy ragged Robin
Blushes in his tattered coat.
May and Cherry
Braid themselves with blossoms
Bridal-white; and, trembling, wonder
If Winter will return
To ravish them
And steal their unborn fruits.
While at their feet
The gentle hand of Spring
Tailor-tacks a pair of orange tips
To a lady’s smock.

“No very great matter in the ditty”, as Touchstone said; it’s Friday, and far too lovely a day to be writing anything very serious.

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§ 10 Responses to Florescence

  • slpmartin says:

    Well it is a lovely way to express the time of year.

  • belfastdavid says:

    It is Saturday now, and far too lovely a day to be sitting at my computer, but I am glad I stopped by long enough to read this.
    You paint a beautiful picture with your words Nick

  • gonecycling says:

    Thank you, David – I know this piece is whimiscal even by my standards, but I had fun writing it; glad you enjoyed reading it! Enjoy your weekend, my friend.

  • Ina says:

    Flowers are nature’s gift, really nice how you put them in this poem! 🙂 This weblog is a bouquet of fine roses.

  • Narnie says:

    I read your latest poems from the one at the top to this and you vary the tone so brilliantly from bouyant to melancholy. It’s almost classical but there is a twist of a modern voice which is extremely accessible. This one though, is my favourite on this particular visit. 🙂

  • gonecycling says:

    Your wonderful comment has absolutely made my day, Kiersty – I’ve felt lately as though I’m finally getting somewhere in finding my voice, and you’ve crystallised it for me perfectly. Thank you so much.

  • Chloe says:

    Simply wonderful! I wish that I could express myself as well as you can xx

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