Julia Bird

Image by Caroline Forbes

The Preservation of Flowers

Julia Bird

The Preservation of Flowers

Julia Bird

The Preservation of Flowers

The Preservation of Flowers

Between the cab firm and the chicken shop
the pavement cracked and a flower stall sprang up,
the city's special offer to the passer by.
It stocks every colour flower except grey
twenty-four seven blossom, the odds on bees,
and a sign which says You Can Smell The Flowers for Free.
It checks the street. Those who used to hurry
are slowed, and sold on bouquets of gorgeous and sorry.
They pick the florist too. He's a bunch
of bluebell eyes and blooming sales pitch,
daisy grin and hip-slung money belt,
lily pollen brushed across his shirt.
Certain customers, he slips an extra rose
in the dozen; to certain customers he says
'Angel - if you want them to last a little bit longer
try adding a teaspoon of sugar to the water.'

Unpublished, © Julia Bird 2009, used by permission of the author.


Julia Bird

Julia Bird Reading from her poems

1Article of Faith

2Jim Fixed it For Me

3Time, Ladies, Please

4The World's Population Visits the Isle of Wight

5This Much is Almost Guaranteed


7White Horse

8Covent Garden

9Five Years Trying to Win the Flower Show Vegetable Animal Class

10As The Peacock

11Paper Stars

12From Crammond Beach

13Fire in a Crowded Theatre

14Your Grandfather Would Have Wanted You to Have This

15I Really Should Quit, But


17Magnetic Translation: poetry one one sex

18The Animals Went in Two by Two

19Next Door Girl



22Hannah and the Monk

23Radio at Night

24What I Would Like is a Birdcage


26Souchong Sevenling

27Supersize Sevenling

28Orange Pips

29But They Wouldn't Want Us to Go Hungry


31Pure Maths

32Breathing Pattern

33This Does Me for Snow

34The Preservation of Flowers

35To Be Shone on His Body


37Love Poem with Artemia Nyos

38Victoria Street Reel