Simple things

It was a simple gesture

………………….  As the sun rose the seedling grew

Nosed its way nonchalantly through the weeds.

…………….  Caressed by early summer sun,

Nourished by November rains.


With all its might it pushed through the merriment

Of opportunistic pumpkins and weary watermelons

And reached high for the sky,

……….  One leaf at a time,

stretching                sighing               saluting the sun.


It was a simple gesture

…………. It spoke of unfaltering love.

………………………… The sunflower smiled

…………   And reminded me that life is enriched

By the simple things.


©Alison Jean Hankinson.

This is for d’Verse meeting at the bar, where we were asked to consider silence. This sunflower was in my garden in NZ, planted as a seed by my husband to cheer me up in  Spring/summer 2014 when I was unable to tend the garden following major surgery. I could see it from the bedroom window.

Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

11 thoughts on “Simple things”

  1. This is a beautiful poem about the sunflower. I like how you make it feel like you are part of nature. Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower, I even would love to get a tattoo of one to remind me that no matter what healing and light is always coming in some way or another. Thank you for a beautiful post, and I hope to see more to come 🙂 If you’d like, I am a new blogger and would love any suggestions you may have for me and my art, I hope you have a great weekend and hope the sunflowers bloom for you more than the rain here in Seattle.

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    1. Pleased to meet you Camile in Seattle. Lovely images on your blog and good sentiments. I couldn’t find the like or comments buttons though- this might be because I am not looking in the right place- or it could be that you haven’t got them. I would have liked to have liked your post. XX


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