Sue Leigh Poetry

Flower table

   (a painting by Winifred Nicholson, 1928/9)



How solid the table

(a place where work is done)

on its corner of rag rug


on it you have placed the pots of flowers

auriculas are they, or primulas

I’m not sure


I only know how fragile

they look

wrapped in tissue paper


plum-coloured flowers, blue-

green leaves

in all that silvery whiteness


an offering on an altar

in a sunny room, at Bankshead




First published in The Spectator, 2020