A friend of mine has been posting amazing photos of a sunflower in his garden. These inspired the following poem in the form of a Japanese haiku. Photos are used with permission (copyright David Trelawny-Ross).

Coiled up and curled up,

Hiding from sight till it’s time.

Promise unfulfilled.

A measured prelude

Tentatively reaching out

Towards a new dawn.

Stretching out shyly,

Inviting us to wonder,

Explosive colour.

Petals unfurling,

Sunshine drawing out brightness,

Mirrored yellow joy.