Frances Darwin Cornford

(30 March 1886 - 19 August 1960 / Cambridge, England)

The Ragwort


The thistles on the sandy flats
Are courtiers with crimson hats ;
The ragworts, growing up so straight,
Are emperors who stand in state,
And march about, so proud and bold,
In crowns of fairy-story gold.

The people passing home at night
Rejoice to see the shining sight,
They quite forget the sands and sea
Which are as grey as grey can be,
Nor ever heed the gulls who cry
Like peevish children in the sky.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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