Flower Poems

Recently I’ve written a series of flower poems, all similar to each other in metre.


Snakeshead Fritillary Flowers


Snakesheads in the shadows

Droop their speckles


Hang their heads on thin green

Necks – mournful

In the shadows. Now a

Spear-like leaf

Quivers in the dusk-light


Here the buds are weakly

Green and palish –

Here are dim deep purple.

Delicate scales

Stud each head half-opened –


Shape like diamond.

Careful arch of neck-stalk

Purple tinged

Careful set of the petals

Over grass-net.

Snakesheads in the shadows

Droop their speckles.

Magnolia Flowers


Like soft white leather

As white as a feather

So thick and slow

Like petals of snow

Or face of moon

All bigly strewn

Upon the ground

Without a sound …


Speedwell Flowers

Looking up the doll’s eyes

Watery as oceans


Full of tears like daybreak

Skies. Like distant

Hills their fragile petals


Melting blueness

Faintly white-lined like the

Paler sky-edge


Darker blue their veins

Weeping blueness.


The Tulip-Bud


Twisted at the top

So the peak was like a star

It was smooth green and pale


Deepening to the top

Which now was fast un-twisting.

It then was flecked with nightly purple


In cracks up to the top

Between the saving green

The deep, fair silk with depth was showing


And like a beetle’s wing

In light of evening-time

The light on the silk was changing, like stars on the shore-bound wave


It stands just at my door

Within a garden pot

And now the nightly luscious twist is calmly quietly opened


I  made the last line of each verse get longer beat by beat as the poem went on, to give the feeling of expanding and opening.

And here are some tulip-photos I took in the garden yesterday:


(You can find these poems on the new Poetry page I have created)

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