By Vita Forest
Though we risk being trampled
By updates on Trump,
The doom that is looming,
The lies, fear, rage, talk of war, catastrophes, down-turns and dire warnings.
Yet even now amid the screaming headlines
Good news from America.
It seems that
after five years of drought
then welcome winter rain
the hills of California are blooming,
festooned with orange poppies,
waving on the hills
beaming up at the sun
so many of them that they can be seen from Space.
Think of those aliens looking down at the tangerine glow
At humans taking time out to wander in fields of flowers
That go on and on
Further than the eye can see
Imagine walking those hills, hands outstretched
Getting lost amongst the beaming, bobbing poppies
Lying back and looking up at the blue sky
Sight fringed by golden flowers.
And though the world rolls on
And it appears that disaster cannot be avoided,
Remember this is happening now too.
So clutch your bouquet of Californian poppies
Close to your heart.