Writing About Flowers

It’s no good.
I just can’t write
about flowers.

In the park
my wife says to me
“look at those beautiful bluebells,
you should write
a poem about them.”

I tell her
that it’s just no good —
however hard I try
that Wordsworth stuff
refuses to capture my soul;

I need to write
about dirt and grime
and loneliness and real people
and the grit of their lives.

It was then
that I looked into her eyes
and saw the tiny bluebells of her pupils
surrounded by
moats of brown.

“Let’s go home”,
I upped and said.
“I just can’t write
about flowers.”

© Joshua Seigal
With kind permission of the poet

Joshua Seigal

Joshua is an award-winning poet, performer and educator who uses poetry to develop literacy skills and inspire confidence and creativity in communication. He has worked in hundreds of schools, nurseries, libraries, theatres and festivals around the country, and has poems published in numerous anthologies. Joshua is the recipient of the 2020 Laugh Out Loud Book Award, and his latest book is Yapping Away (Bloomsbury, August 2021).

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