A daisy in a flower bed
overstretched, bowed her head.
Then it looked, for all the world,
as if the elements conspired
to grant her what her heart desired,
and help her petals to unfurl.
One sunbeam kissed away her fears
and cued a shower of fine soft rain,
that made the sap rise in her veins
while breezes dried her raindrop tears.
Head raised, movements slight,
the flower swayed in broad daylight.
I, an audience of one
enchanted by the players,
when these scenes were done,
‘An education with so many layers!
Was this not an epic tale
of those at once both powerful and frail?’
What I learnt from this fine play?
What moral did I take away?
‘To those who grow where they find themselves planted,
Naturally, unseen help is granted.’
Maggie O’Brien has an Honours Degree in English and Philosophy from Leeds University. She has spent most of her working life teaching the ‘disenfranchised’ in many parts of the world. She was born and raised in Southmead, Bristol UK of an English mother and an Irish father. She moved to Granard, Ireland in 1996 where she now resides. Active on the Poetry Slam circuit in Bristol throughout 1995, she was a guest poet at the prestigious Cheltenham Arts Festival in the same year and organiser of the Poetry Event at the Bristol Free Festival. She has also been broadcast by the BBC. (She is now also an author).