The Thistle

 Birgit Zipser

Birgit Zipser

At the roadside
scattered in the gravel
stands a forest of poppies
in colors random & variegated
from snow white to blood purple
golden yellow to passion pink
and at the forest’s center
two as of the china red
of Flander’s Field

How can it be
that such grace could
find root in such a place
untended by any human hand
or should there be such a thing
intended by the divine design
my reason cannot afford
where all is orderly
without mystery

At every roadside
scattered in the gravel
you will find some garden
if a bouquet is what you need
It may be no more than a thistle
yet is there any lovelier purple
found in any orchid bed
than what is painted
by providence

“Luck plays a far bigger part in the scheme of things
than is generally conceded,”

~ Colin Dexter


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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8 Responses to The Thistle

  1. There is nothing more beautiful than the beauty of the forest and nature. I also, have poppy fields behind me. a perfect reminder of a gift we should not oversee :), Peter

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  2. SalvaVenia says:

    This has piercing beauty.


  3. Devine design is a lovely phrase, as is your poem and, oh, so true. Little we can do but imitate nature and never quite reach her perfection. Strange times when so many want life to be bigger than life. It seems to me it is the details which are most satisfying.


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