A Flower Garden

 A lemon yellow hollyhock blooms in a summer garden, standing sentinel,
at a wooden five bar gate,elegant, tall and graceful,
elegant, tall and graceful, swaying slightly in inperceptible wind,
so patiently it waits,
the striking vibrance of flowering delphiniums with luxuriant spikes,
of amethyst and cornflower blue,
the garden’s colours in flux,changing from bright to shadowed pastel,
as itinerant sun and clouds pass through.

An abundance of beautiful ephemeral admiral and peacock butterflies feed,
on powder white buddleia fronds,
pure white and blush pink waterlilies reminiscent of Monet, float serenely,
on a dark reflective garden pond,
hanging upside down, adult blue tits diligently search for small spiders,
under a wooden overhanging window ledge,
the deep violet star shaped flowers and dark glossy leaves of periwinkle,
colour the base of a mature holly hedge.

A windy day embellishes the lawn with a marbled carpet of burnished amber,
fallen autumnal leaves,
the welcome sunshine and unseasonal warmth of a late October Indian summer,
an opportune temporary winter reprieve,
the silent overnight transformation of the garden, by a smooth pristine dusting,
of crystalline white snow,
creating mysterious camouflaged shapes and undulating indigo shadows,
with a luminous ethereal glow.

March brings the welcome awakening from long months of winter slumber,
that heralds the return of spring,
just visible above lustreless resting grass, vibrant sunshine yellow crocuses,
what glorious colour they bring,
whether a city balcony or rambling cottage garden, immaculate or wild,
all that you loved so dear,
when I look out of a window at a blooming flower garden,
this brings you ever loser, brings you ever near.

A much loved wife and mother, Jennifer Farthing 1940 -2017

A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.

My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s love of flowers and gardening.

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