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NOT LISTENING

NOT  LISTENING


Choral gladioli  in formal circles,
Standing awkward beneath the pines’
Shade  -  their  pinks and purples
Gasping in the gloom for sunshine.

Immersed in a happy crowd mustered
Around them  - dandelions in masses
Like children in unruly jostling clusters,
A natural  attraction - yellow dresses

Dancing  to the music  of the breeze,    
Laughing  and touching heads, 
Fast growing, well  rooted -  at ease:
They want to be here, they‘re glad.

Gladioli  are ordered  there in rings
Dutifully participatory,
Rendering songs an outsider sings
In unheeding dandelion  territory.

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Written   27  July 2014 
(I wrote this when watching the formal beds of flowers
 in a somewhat overgrown garden in the city.)

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