Wordsworth or Shelley? Who would be your Valentine?

Friday, 14 February 2014

Bringing flowers


If  Wordsworth were to bring me flowers

I’ve no doubt it would be chrysanthemums

with pretty heads growing old

on sturdy shoulders.


They’d last the full seven days

like it says on the label

and their loveliness would slowly

fold into the ocean that sustains them.


ShelIey’s hand would grip the stems

of half a dozen blood red roses, thorns and all.

And they’d live scandalously for a few short hours

then die a swift dramatic death.

Susan Jane Sims

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