Saxifraga cernua – Andrew Millham

White petals, a floral crystal – making tepid rays sparkle.

Andrew Millham is an Environmental Science student from Essex who often finds inspiration in the natural environment for his poetry. We are very thankful that he has decided to submit this excellent piece which celebrates the beauty of the Highland landscape. Thank you Andrew for sharing your talents with Voices and for entering our competition.

Saxifraga cernua

In Scotland’s garden, highland haze,

Stands an alpine plant; nodding kindly

In faerie glen, a winter’s child – of the high north.

In winter months, the sun is rare,

This arctic flower; reflects light brightly

White petals, a floral crystal – making tepid rays sparkle.

Drooping now, to mark your leave,

A welcome visitor must always part.

On mountains rooted; solitary

But sentinel – the summit’s heart.

Andrew Millham, 19, Essex

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