The Flower That Smiles To-Day By Percy Shelley

The Flower That Smiles To-Day By Percy Shelley The flower that smiles to-dayTo-morrow dies;All that we wish to stayTempts and then flies.What is this world’s delight?Lightning that mocks the night,Brief even as bright. Virtue, how frail it is!Friendship how rare!Love, how it sells poor blissFor proud despair!But we, though soon they fall,Survive their joy, and […]

Flower-Gathering By Robert Frost

Flower-Gathering By Robert Frost By Amanda Gorman I LEFT you in the morning, And in the morning glow, You walked a way beside me To make me sad to go. Do you know me in the gloaming, Gaunt and dusty grey with roaming? Are you dumb because you know me not, Or dumb because you […]

The Lent Lily

The Lent Lily By A.E Housman ’Tis spring; come out to ramble The hilly brakes around, For under thorn and bramble About the hollow ground The primroses are found. And there’s the windflower chilly With all the winds at play, And there’s the Lenten lily That has not long to stay And dies on Easter […]

Flowers By Wendy Cope

Flowers By Wendy Cope Some men never think of it. You did. You’d come along And say you’d nearly brought me flowers But something had gone wrong. The shop was closed. Or you had doubts – The sort that minds like ours Dream up incessantly. You thought I might not want your flowers. It made […]

Tall Nettles By Edward Thomas

Tall Nettles By Edward Thomas Tall nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now. This corner of the farmyard I like most: As well as any bloom upon a flower I […]

Song For Nobody By Thomas Merton

Song For Nobody By Thomas Merton A yellow flower (Light and spirit) Sings by itself For nobody. A golden spirit (Light and emptiness) Sings without a word By itself. Let no one touch this gentle sun In whose dark eye Someone is awake. (No light, no gold, no name, no colour And no thought: O, […]

The Flower By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The Flower By Alfred, Lord Tennyson Once in a golden hour I cast to earth a seed. Up there came a flower, The people said, a weed. To and fro they went Thro’ my garden-bower, And muttering discontent Curs’d me and my flower. Then it grew so tall It wore a crown of light, But […]

Valley Flowers By Giovanna Maiello

Valley Flowers By Giovanna Maiello My valleys have flowers that I never knew.Afraid to go too far,I did not want to lookat my wasteland of shame and guilt.I slipped awayfrom the shadows that have their way.Yet my flowers there did not die.Standing tall,untouchedby the darkness that I clutched.My eyes finally fell upon their beauty,ever slightbut […]

Flowers From A New Love After The Divorce By Paisley Rekdal

Flowers From A New Love After The Divorce By Paisley Rekdal Cut back the stems an inch to keep in bloom. So instructs the florist’s note enclosed inside the flowers. Who knew what was cut could heal again, the green wounds close, stitching themselves together? It doesn’t matter. The flowers, red and white, will bloom […]

Water And Flowers By Ameen Rihani

Water And Flowers By Ameen Rihani Here are flowers, O my Beloved, Here are flowers; Let us lay our hearts today Among the flowers; Let us not be led astray By the mirage far away; Here is verdure, and in verdure Love embowers. Here are springs, O my beloved. Here are springs; Let us rest […]