Oh my god, I forgot it was National Poetry Day!
I woke up this morning, turned on the radio and discovered it was National Poetry Day (I hate the way it always creeps up on you – before you know it, it’ll be Christmas). After some self flagellation, I thought I’d try and make up for forgetting about the big day by marking the occasion with a gardening related poem. Actually it’s not a poem as such, but a poetic lyric from The Gnome, a song written by Pink Floyd’s first leader Syd Barrett. If you haven’t heard it you can find the track on their 1967 album Piper at the Gates of Dawn. And yes, I know the link to gardening is very tenuous.
I want to tell you a story
About a little man
If I can.
A gnome named Grimble Gromble.
And little gnomes stay in their homes.
Eating, sleeping, drinking their wine.
He wore a scarlet tunic,
A blue green hood,
It looked quite good.
He had a big adventure
Amidst the grass
Fresh air at last.
Wining, dining, biding his time.
And then one day – hooray!
Another way for gnomes to say
Do feel free to join in the national celebration of poetry by posting your favourite gardening poem or poetic song lyric.