Names

Drifting in from faraway. Dreaming of land.
We appear, uninvited.

We startle with our upturned faces, our colours, our odd names -
Clinging Ivy. Sweetheart. Bindweed. Bay. And Dock.
Oxeye. Bluebell. Hollyhock.
Poppy. Daisy. Buttercup.
Without permission we pop up.

Searching for home on stony ground.
Find refuge, put down roots, start to settle…
but the trimmers and the strimmers are set to search us out.
We fear the boots that shake the ground. We hear a mutter and a shout -
‘You’re taking up our valued space. You can’t stay.
Go away. Jog on. Be gone.

but … Clinging Ivy. Sweetheart. Bindweed. Bay. And Dock.
Oxeye. Bluebell. Hollyhock.
Poppy. Daisy. Buttercup. Without permission we pop up.

Healing and feeding, we’ll enrich this earth.
Borne here on dreams and clouds of seeds
We settle where we can.
They call us names.
They call us weeds.

© Michaela Morgan
With kind permission from the poet.

Michaela Morgan

Michaela Morgan

Michaela Morgan is a poet and writer. She has a collection of shiny awards and shortlistings including the BBC Blue Peter Book award. Sadly, she has lost her Blue Peter badge.
Hundreds of her poems are scattered in anthologies in UK and internationally. Her poetic productions include: Reaching The Stars: Poems About Extraordinary Women and Girls co-written with Liz Brownlee and Jan Dean, published by Macmillan (and winner of the North Somerset Teachers’ Award) and Wonderland: Alice in Poetry (Macmillan, edited by Michaela Morgan). This is a collection of poems featuring her and many of the poetry ambassadors, providing poetic response to Alice in Wonderland. It was shortlisted for the CLIPPA award for poetry. Michaela regularly visits schools and runs workshops. She is currently working on her Collected Poems.

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