Poetry Corner: ‘The Orange by Wendy Cope (1992)’

Dear all,

The Orange by Wendy Cope (1992)

Love has shown the narrator of this poem how happiness can lie in the little things, whether it’s a walk in the park, food shopping, or getting through a to-do list. As they share the segments of an orange among friends, we are reminded of the value of generosity.

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 my jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you, I’m glad I exist.

Poem sourced from the Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/23.4.20