Cheeks and Trumpets by Sam Rose

Yes, but look: a shock of daffodil
at the side of the road

egg yolk trumpets and
honeyed cheeks shining in

ballistic belligerence
daffodil defiance

we will be seen
they crow from their

corn-fire centres
we deserve attention

as I drive past I can almost hear
the triumphant toot sounding

from lemon lips
as I meet their demands

Sam Rose is a writer from Northamptonshire and the editor of Peeking Cat Literary. She is a three times cancer survivor and a PhD student, researching the connection between creative writing and cancer survivorship issues. She has been published in over 50 literary magazines and anthologies. Find her at and on Twitter @writersamr.