Helianthus by Margaret Holbrook


These bright, brash plants standing
tall have no pretence.
They are what they are,
and don’t deny it.

Fields of them line the
French roadsides. Striking and
purposeful, they are not to be
meddled with.

Even their small siblings,
the ones bought in pots from
florists and garden-centres
have attitude.

These plants are not shrinking-
violets. You will not find them
cowering in shade or damp woodland;
they are showy, proud, in your face,
demanding to be seen.

If sunflowers could speak,
They would be loud, outspoken,
heard above the crowd,
unable to help themselves.

sunflowers are silent, intent
on following the sun,
looking for love; and
all the while in that beautiful head,
Fibonacci numbers are calculated,
seeds plotting their spiral patterns.

Margaret Holbrook lives in Cheshire, where she grew up. Her poetry has been published in several journals including, Orbis, The Journal, The SHOp, SLQ and The Caterpillar, and in poetry anthologies, most recently Schooldays from Paper Swans Press.

Her collection, Hobby Horses Will Dance (based on myth, nature and folklore) was published in 2014.

Margaret leads the Creative Writing Group for Chapel Arts, in Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire and is the host for Readings at Rems, also in Chapel en le Frith.

w/site: www.margaretholbrookwrites.weebly.com

3 thoughts on “Helianthus by Margaret Holbrook”

  1. Really like this poem – it makes me want to hotfoot it to France. The last stanza has a particular connection – a great turn in the poem. Those ‘Fibonacci’ numbers gives it quite a punch. A great poem to provide seeds for thought this morning – thank you.

  2. Sunflowers are a favourite of mine, and your poem is getting me in the mood for summer. I enjoyed your descriptions of these extroverted “brash” plants who are NOT wallflowers – and then I was taken by the surprise of the turn at the end, which shows us another side to these creatures – which is true of us all. That we are all multifaceted. Imaginative and effective poem. Love how you bring out the mathematical beauty of their florets. Thank you.

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