We’re in The English Garden!

Or at least the very beautiful glossy magazine by that name. You can imagine how happy I was to flick through this month’s copy to find a mention of this website by Lia Leendertz. A wonderful surprise. lia In fact  I was SO happy I did some serious squeaking – which isn’t so cool when you’re on a crowded train. Ho hum. Anyway moving on (which was what the other people in my carriage wished they could do when I then started to cry a little) here’s a poem about some other news from the garden for you. It’s one of mine this time, and is especially for Lia who is already a muse:

The News From the Garden

is earthshattering,

a blackbird’s made its nest

in the hawthorn tree,


and breaking as I write,

seedlings planted a month ago

are bursting forth, teasing


us with their rainbow hints,

but if you rub 
a leaf

between finger and thumb


you can smell summer

already; a baby is kicking 
its legs

in response at the clouds


rolling over her like a news tape

filled with sun-bites,

while over by the swings,


a camelia 
leads an uprising

of blood red against the privet,

tulips and bluebells form a coalition,


and even the grass strengthens its position

near where this morning, at five past eleven

dizzy with dandelion flowers


the cat let a pigeon fly free.

Only the plane tree, obedient

to the season follows the prompts


while propped up against the wall

already warming itself for glory,

the first rosebud waits for her cue.

2 thoughts on “We’re in The English Garden!

  1. Well done Sarah! What excitement! And what a fun way to find out others are reading and enjoying your work.


  2. Just doing a sneaky beaky of checking my own emails when I should be working here at Cage & Aviary but this is great! (tho no less than you deserve). Shall we go to her supper club (if you haven’t already been and it’s not a million miles away) some time to celebrate? XX

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