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Poems For Life And Love

Poems for life and love

Today is National Poetry Day. Here are two poems by the wonderful Wendy Cope who writes with poignant humour – and brevity – about life and love. 

The Orange 

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.

A Christmas Poem

At Christmas little children sing and merry bells jingle,
The cold winter air makes our hands and faces tingle
And happy families go to church and cheerily they mingle
And the whole business is unbelievably dreadful, if you’re single.

[from Serious Concerns by Wendy Cope, Faber and Faber, 2002, London]

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