Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Winners--By Linda Hurdwell--England

The Winners

Seldom do we mention weeds
That always seem to grow
Indiscreet and irksome seeds
Flamboyantly on show.

But aren’t they pretty tangled there
Brightening up a dreary day
Stand by the road without a care
Proud and blooming come what may.

Dandelion and buttercup plant
Cowslips and poppy’s too
Red and yellow heads enchant
The staid and formal view.

Let’s praise the everlasting weed
That wildly spreads such fun
With determination to succeed
And thrive beneath the sun.

Linda Hurdwell has been a widow for 5 years.  She has two adult sons. Living in the English countryside, she takes her dog, Bessie, for a daily walks and that's where many of her poems and stories are born.  She has always loved writing and has a few short stories published.  Although now a pensioner,  she enjoys working with adults with learning disabilities and running a mencap social club once a week.  Her hobbies are writing, tap dancing, and going to the theatre or cinema with my friends.


  1. So true, Linda! Weeds really get a bum rap and even I feel guilty about their "reputation" but I still weed them out and try to work all the magic necessary to keep them out......... your poem serves as a super metaphor that it takes all types and kinds to make up this world....... super write! Sheri

  2. Such a lovely outlook on a 'sometimes' dreary plant! I love it when a weed blooms producing an unexpected pleasure. Really nice reading Linda - I now will notice the weeds even more than I usually do - but maybe on a different level...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  3. Some weeds do become all stars. The Texas State Flower is the Bluebonnet, which Texas farmers and rancheres considered a noxious weed until the women of Texas organized a campaign which successfully brought recognition to the the most pletiful and decorative wild flower in Texas. Great write. Robert

  4. Thank you, Christine Tate, for the following comment--

    Thanks Linda for sharing an interesting view on weeds! Considering their profuse nature, they often choke out the flowers and plants! Yet in their own way, have a place here. Nice poem!

  5. Hi Lin -

    As a kid, I couldn't understand why adults panicked at the sight of dandelions. I thought they were pretty.


  6. Lin, I too find this delightful and a wonderful reminder that even the most unwelcome can add so much to the garden of life.


  7. Hi Linda. I must say that I never thought of "weeds" in the creative way that you infused them into your poem. That is one of the many blessings of poets; we all have different views and perspectives and as such, wonderful poetry is created. Thank you for sharing this. I really enjoyed it.

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  8. Thank you, Sara Kendrick, for the following comment--

    This excited the nature lover in me..I was drawn in and captivated by your wonderful work.

  9. Thank you, Linda Hurdwell, for the following comment--

    Thanks for the comments for my poem. Thank you all.