Friday, 3 June 2016

The girl at the flower stall

He was in a rush to get home
Glanced at his watch
He was going to miss his train

So decided to slow his pace
Catch the next one
For he now had plenty of time

As he looked all around him
Nudged into her
The girl working at the flower stall

"I'm sorry"he said "It's my fault"
She smiled sweetly
But said 'Take time to smell the roses"

Nodding 'I'll buy some for my wife
for I'll be late
I will take a bunch of the pink"

"She'll be pleased you thought of her"
The girl then said
"Working here mine never bothers"

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  1. Such a delightful poem this is Robin :D it brought back flashes of your poem "Last train to Alton." Sigh, especially love the reference to "a bunch of the pink" Beautifully executed. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support :D

    Lots of love,

  2. The complexities of emotion can be as mixed as bouquet - a simple gesture not so simple - a clever poem..

  3. really love how the prompt words fit in her mouth..a most beautiful and clever write OE :)

  4. The last line nearly broke my heart. I wanted to fly into the poem and buy her all the roses in the world.

  5. Aaaaaw bless! Though I'm not so sure he was thinking of his wife when he experienced the spell of the roses :D XXX

  6. Rare is the person these days who would slow down and create that special moment, though a bit tinged with sadness. Love the narrative aspects of this, Old Egg.

  7. Oh, the irony! (The shoemaker's children, etc.)

  8. A fresh thought for one, and some sadness for another. So much of life is like that. Enjoyed your poem :-)

  9. A very different line of thought....loved it!

  10. A bit of frenzy, a bit of love, a bit of melancholy..You have penned a beautiful poem.

  11. The switch of perspective at the end was startling and well done. I hope if she doesn't get flowers she gets something she enjoys just as much or more.