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Who says a flower can’t talk?

This one is for real—

dark black interior

shaded by blooming orange petal,


hues of yellow and green

blended by nature’s unseen hand,

sparks of a colourful natural life

exposed to a naked sun.


Sun, moon and stars

share something common

with stalk and leaf,

cosmic harmony breaking out:


one begins to wonder

how a physical world created beauty

from such an unreal origin.

Who was the absent designer?


And that’s true of all life:

hidden secrets of where it all began

beyond a limited human conception.

We can but gaze in admiration.


One of five poems written by Charles Jobson in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, West Ealing in September 2018. 

The painting is entitled Sunflowers, by the artist and Paola Fratticci. 

Poem Charles Jobson. For permission to re-use contact  godfrey@wordsout.co.uk. 

Borough of Ealing Art Trail