Spotlight Poetry – Flowers – A poem by W. H. Davies

© Loretta D Luglio, Summer Garden, 2014

Flowers by W. H. Davies

What favourite flowers are mind, I cannot say –
My fancy changes with the summer’s day.

Sometimes I think, agreeing with the Bees,
That my best flowers are those tall apple trees,
Who give a Bee his cider while in bloom,
And keep me waiting till their apples come.

Sometimes I think the Columbine has won,
Who hangs her head and never looks the Sun
Straight in the face. And now the Golden Rod
Beckons me over with a graceful nod;

Shaped like a sheaf of corn, her ruddy skin
Drinks the sun dry, and leaves his splendour thin.
Sometimes I think the Rose must have her place –
And then the Lily shakes her golden dice

Deep in a silver cup, to win or lose.
So I go on, from Columbine to Rose,
From Marigold to Flock, from Flock to Thrift –
Till nothing but my garden stones are left.

But when I see the dimples in her face,
All filled with tender moss in every place –
Ah, then I think, when all is said and done,
My favourite flower must be the Mossy Stone!

Poem Attribution © W. H. Davies, Flowers

Source Attribution Favourite Flower Poems, National Trust (Books)

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Painting Attribution © Loretta D Luglio, Summer Garden, 2014

Source Attribution https://artist.com/loretta-luglio/summer-garden/?artid=1222

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