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A Blade of Grass

You ask for a poem,

I offer you a blade of grass.

You say it is not good enough.

You ask for a poem.

 

I say this blade of grass will do.

It has dressed itself in frost,

It is more immediate

Than any image of my making.

 

You say it is not a poem,

It is a blade of grass and grass

Is not quite good enough.

I offer you a blade of grass.

 

You are indignant,

You say it is too easy to offer grass.

It is obsurd.

Anyone can offer a blade of grass.

 

You ask for a poem,

And so I write you a tragedy about

How a blade of grass

Becomes more difficult to offer,

 

And about how as you grow older

A blade of grass

Becomes more difficult to accept.

 

..........Poem by Brian Patten.

 

Photograph taken alongside Shropshire Union Canal, Wolverhampton.

16th January, 2012.

 

Grass........herbe,

 

Thank you for your visit and comments !

Merci pour votre visite et commentaires !

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Taken on January 16, 2012