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


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


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