Monday, 1 July 2013

campanula get mee in the swelter

the day snoozed in lackadaisical flutters
as the heat beat down on our droopy
fan-filled apartment.

I heard him come through the door
(home from the grocery store)
and “California Girls” commenced swinging
from the kitchen radio.

he began to bump-bump-bump-bump-bing to the music
(as he sometimes does, when he’s in a good mood
and not about to let a lack of lyrics
get in the way of a rousing sing-song).

the rattle of drawers and dishes in motion
confirmed:  he was up to something in there
and, true enough, he had put together
a little lunch of deli salads and cold cuts.

in the middle of the table
he’d placed a whimsical pot of purple flowers
that burst like a cool, carefree 
giggle in the swelter.

I read the marker aloud:  campanula get mee . . . 
and smiled.

note:  Campanula Get Mee is a rather carefree perennial that can grow in full sun or partial shade.

photo:   Campanula Get Mee - W. Bourke

© 2013 Wendy Bourke


  1. Serenade, lunch, flowers--that one's a keeper! Love the whole scene you set. I read this with a smile on my face, thank you!

  2. What a wonderful comment, Jennifer! Made my day.

  3. You have a unique, light, cozy style.

    I read the marker aloud: campanula get mee . . . - great ending. Enjoyed the poem!

  4. Thanks so much, Janet! When I first came upon Campanula Get Mee - I thought, if there isn't a light poem in the name of that flower, I give up.