Poems: The Philosophy of Cut Flowers and Floral Arrangement


Flowers, in celebration or in comfort, are the subject of this week The poets’ corner contributions by Russ Talbot.

The philosophy of cut flowers

The thing with cut flowers
it’s that they put you in the moment.

With cut flowers
the only place they make sense
is now.
Tomorrow they will be in the trash.

Like an ice sculpture.
All this work,
all this beauty,
faded away.
‘Why didn’t they set it in stone,
then it would last forever.

Beauty is sharpened by brevity.
The poignant nature of its brief existence
not a tragedy
but a spiciness.

With beauty, with cut flowers,
if you are not in the moment
you miss the point

Floral arrangement

for Jessie

I watch you work.
The thoughtful selection
and conscious placement
good bud
just the right sheet
just the right slingshot
just the right color.

I watch you judge.
Your hand guided by an innate sense
of beauty and balance,
of what is “right”.

I watch it bloom.
The totality
even more beautiful
than its beautiful parts.

I’m looking at you
weave your soul into your work.

And you say that you are not a poet …

Russ talbot lives in Adelaide. A contributor to Poet’s Corner since the publication of the “independent weekly”, he discovered the pleasure of writing after suffering an acquired brain injury (ACI) following a brain tumor. He has published poems in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA, and in 2015 Ginninderra Press published his collection of poems “Things That Make Your Heart Beat” in their Picaro Poets series.

Original and unpublished poems from readers up to 40 lines can be sent by email, with postal address, to [email protected] Submissions should appear in the body of the email, not as attachments. A book of poetry will be given to each accepted contributor.

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Rosalie M. Dehner