We are posting a poem each month, with the hope that it will be a small moment of enjoyment or reflection in these tense times. The Orange reminds us of the pleasures of small, everyday things.
The Orange by Wendy Cope (1992)
At lunchtime I bought a huge orange
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.
And that orange it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.
The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.