Pause for poetry:
Michael Hawkes /12

A Small Patch

A poem by Michael Hawkes

A rose garden is not what I wanted,
a small patch of grass would have done.
I felt their aroma was much over-rated,
their barbarous thorns as things to be hated;

I just wanted to sit in the sun
among wildflowers and weeds
with no urgent needs,
no pressure of things to be done;

no sniffing, no pruning and no flower arranging,
no attempts to impress anyone;
I wanted to be just plain, unassuming,
on a small patch of green in the sun.

Alas, I’m bequeathed a fine bed of roses
where flower fanciers frequently come
to delve in the briar with diligent noses
so mowing and raking the lawn I suppose
is the reason I’m feeling so glum.

(Born to privilege, wide with wonder)

19/5/17 Hawkes

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Michael Hawkes is an 80-year-old survivor of all the world’s wars. He learned (and loved to rhyme) by torturing the hymns he had to sing at school. A retired West Coast fisherman living in Montreal since 2013, he is an unschooled Grandpa Moses writing an average of five poems every week.


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