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each and every year
the stalwart snapdragons
steadfast to the last,
push up pluckily
through the exterior walls
of the whitewashed pavilion
and out of the dull grey
blistering tarmac of the path,
old soldiers saluting each other.
bubblegum pink, salmon
and marshmallow, pillar box
red and peach and white,
like a variety of bonbons
from the pic’n’mix of the past.


Photo of Rocket Mix Snapdragon from Veseys.