This one was published in the Sheffield Journal, a local newspaper, as the winner of the “Poet’s Corner” on 27 August 1992. I vaguely remember winning either a fiver or a tenner – I was quite happy at the time. I was 14.

Red is the poppy
Which dances all day
In fields of corn
The poppy doth lay

Yellow is the daffodil
Of secrets untold
A babbling brook
Or a stream of gold

Various colours the tulip may be
Very beautiful, so pretty to see

Blue is the cornflower
Blue as the sky
In winter this flower
Will wither and die

White is the daisy
White as the snow
In green, green grass
The daisy will grow

Scarlet is the pimpernel
A scarlet red
It grows as if bleeding for someone who’s dead

Of all these flowers
I like them so
Some give me happiness
And some give me woe

By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services ( and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.

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