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I potted up a plant, with love, for you;
Although I fear it could turn out a weed:
I’ll have to stick a flower on with glue...

It wasn’t something that I really do,
But when I found a bird’s discarded seed,
I potted up a plant, with love, for you.

I could present you with a species new!
Perhaps  I’ve got a tree or bush or reed...
I’ll have to stick a flower on with glue.

I cried the day you said our love was through;
It’s sad you say I am not what you need.
I potted up a plant, with love, for you.

I left and didn’t know what else to do...
They say that flowers help with love; indeed,
I’ll have to stick a flower on with glue.

It’s growing huge with spiky leaves of blue;
I gave it whisky, lots of chicken feed;
I potted up a plant, with love, for you;
I’ll have to stick a flower on with glue. 

written 12th June for 'Villanelle me a flower' contest

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 6/14/2016 7:27:00 AM

    Love it mate. Simply a joy to read. I love that "flower with glue..." line. Can I Fav, with a view to tweet link?
  1. Date: 6/13/2016 1:37:00 PM

    A great write on this form Jack. Into a wonderful spring and lots of flowers. Have a great week. love phyl
  1. Date: 6/13/2016 11:40:00 AM

    A great villanelle, Jack. Good luck in the contest. Thank you for your response to my win. I am so busy right now with gardening and other things that I have not the time I would like to have for poetry. I'll get back to it. Hope you are having a nice spring and summer. Love, Joyce
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 5:45:00 PM

    Wow Jack, I am impressed with this Villanelle! They are difficult to write. I have never been able to complete one that I would post. Perfect rhyme and sentiment. I hope this does great in the contest! #7 ; )
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 5:18:00 PM

    adorable final line, that repeating line about the glued flower. What a cute idea it was. So good to see a poem like this from you. You are a wonder, Jack.
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 4:56:00 PM

    This is really well written..
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 4:01:00 PM

    Lovely and with a humourous touch to it! Reminds me of those cacti to which they stick artificial flowers. ~ Regards // paul
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 2:25:00 PM

    Cute one..I got a chuckle but I could feel some internal struggle with pain within the lines that I wouldn't not want to disregard..Thanks for the visits to my page..Sara
  1. Date: 6/12/2016 11:28:00 AM

    Great villanelle Jack a unique take on the flower theme - good luck in the contest - I've not started mine yet!:-( hugs Jan xx