Flowers

Flowers

Some men never think of it.
You did. You'd come along
And say you'd nearly brought me flowers
But something had gone wrong.

The shop was closed. Or you had doubts -
The sort that minds like ours
Dream up incessantly. You thought
I might not want your flowers.

It made me smile and hug you then.
Now I can only smile.
But, look, the flowers you nearly brought
Have lasted all this while.


From Serious Concerns (Faber and Faber, 1992), copyright © Wendy Cope 1992, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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1An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse

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2From Strugnell's Sonnets: The expense of spirits is a crying shame...

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3God and The Jolly Bored Bog-Mouse

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4Strugnell's Haiku

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5Waste Land Limericks

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6A Policeman's Lot

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7Reading Scheme

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8A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by William Wordsworth

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9A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by T. S. Eliot

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10Rondeau Redoublé

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11My Lover

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12Tich Miller

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13Flowers

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14Defining the Problem

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15Loss

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16Some More Light Verse

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17Favourite

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18Another Unfortunate Choice

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19A Christmas Poem

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20Kindness to Animals

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21Names

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22The Uncertainty of the Poet

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23In The Rhine Valley

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24After the Lunch

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25Nine-line Triolet

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26Valentine

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27Leaving

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28Bloody Men

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29As Sweet

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30The Christmas Life

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31By The Round Pond

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32Haiku: Looking Out of the Back Bedroom Window without My Glasses

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33Timekeeping

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3430th December

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35Differences of Opinion (i) He Tells Her

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36Differences of Opinion (ii) Your Mother Knows (unpublished)

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37The Sitter

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38Les Vacances

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39Being Boring

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40On a Train

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41Spared

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42An Anniversary Poem

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43The Month of May

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