The Orange

by Wendy Cope
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 of the jobs on my list 
And enjoyed them and had some time over. 
I love you. I'm glad I exist.


Wendy Cope, “The Orange” from Serious Concerns.
Copyright © 1992 by Wendy Cope

Posted on June 11, 2015 and filed under Poetry & Quotes.