The Ribwort Plantain
(Nonsuch Park, Summer 2015)
Unassuming, most lowly of plants
edged out by the dazzle of buttercups,
the startling white of campion.
A survivor, not showy but strong,
a stayer pushing up drab flowers
from a rosette of speared leaves.
Accordingly, drives down tough roots,
colonising field margins, hemming
path edges, mingling in meadows.
with silken poppies, showy orchids,
the dancing grasses, red clover -but not to be outdone, unwraps
an ethereal halo, a fragile wreath
of creamy anthers - its surprise package.