23 January – Winter tonic

An old rhyme says you can kiss whenever gorse is in flower,
which means, of course, any day of any month at any hour.
For even when every other colour has long since gone to ground,
Gorse’s sunshine blooms can still be happily sought and found.
Give thanks for her year-round yellow, unsung heroine of plants,
who humbly and hiddenly shines with a constancy that enchants.
Breathe in the scent of Summer whenever you can get a dose –
for I promise Gorse smells of coconuts when you get really close.
Just be careful of all those prickles, protecting her flowers and seeds,
Gorse apologises to no-one, she simply does whatever she needs.

23 January - Winter tonic