A blade of grass

You ask for a poem

I offer you a blade of grass

You say it is not good enough

You ask for a poem

.

I say this blade of grass will do

It has dressed itself in frost,

It is more immediate

Than any image of my making

.

You say it is not a poem,

It is a blade of grass and grass

Is not quite good enough

I offer you a blade of grass

.

You are indignant

You say it is too easy to offer grass

It is absurd

Anyone can offer a blade of grass

.

You ask for a poem

And so I write you a tragedy about

How a blade of grass

Becomes more and more difficult to offer,

.

And about how as you grow older

A blade of grass

Becomes more difficult to accept

Brian Patten