The third unsuccessful poem

In a covert patch

Amongst cornfields

Flowers of radiant yellow

Turn buds skywards

Tracking the sun

From east to west



And yellow-rayed faces

Of fibonacci spirals

No longer teased

By bees

Face only east


They are short-lived

Growing heavy-headed

Threatened by the distant

Thrumming of birds

That swoop to pick

And scatter their seeds


Their wilted petals

Turn brown



And fall


© Kim M. Russell, 2015


Detail from a painting by Vincent van Gogh of two cut sunflowers


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