Elizabeth Smart

(27 December 1913 - 4 March 1986 / Ottawa / Ontario)

Blake's Sunflower


1

Why did Blake say
'Sunflower weary of time'?
Every time I see them
they seem to say
Now! with a crash
of cymbals!
Very pleased
and positive
and absolutely delighting
in their own round brightness.

2
Sorry, Blake!
Now I see what you mean.
Storms and frost have battered
their bright delight
and though they are still upright
nothing could say dejection
more than their weary
disillusioned
hanging heads.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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