References for Happy VII
You have planted sunflowers in my garden,
dropping the seeds in a random fashion,
as is the way of birds. Yellow heads unfurl
slowly from bishops’ crooks, like the ferns
whose numbers I still count in sequence:
1+1=2; 1+2=3; 2+3=5 …
Like us, 1+1=2, I say. You tell me No.
Like us, nature starts 0+1, and makes 1.
Anne Welsh teaches Historical Bibliography and Cataloguing at University College London. Last year she completed a PG Cert in Creative Writing through Newcastle University and is just beginning to send work from it to journals and anthologies. This poem is one of a sequence completed during U.S. National Poetry Month 2010, when she and a group of friends committed to writing 30 poems in 30 days.