The Trouble With Geraniums by Mervyn Peake

The trouble with geraniums
is that they’re much too red!
The trouble with my toast is that
it’s far too full of bread.

The trouble with a diamond
is that it’s much too bright.
The same applies to fish and stars
and the electric light.

The troubles with the stars I see
lies in the way they fly.
The trouble with myself is all
self-centred in the eye.

The trouble with my looking-glass
is that it shows me, me;
there’s trouble in all sorts of things
where it should never be.


Date: 1972

By: Mervyn Peake (1911-1968)


2 Comments to “The Trouble With Geraniums by Mervyn Peake”

  1. Very interesting subject , regards for putting up.

  2. Just came across Mervyn Peake on a poetry forum I was reading and wanted to see if anyone on wordpress had shared his work. I loved this poem when I read it so nice one for sharing it!

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