A Picnic in the Park – Maryam Bouteldja

Delicious scents waft through the open park air

Special thanks to Maryam Bouteldja for her vivid and thought-provoking poem about a picnic in the park. Maryam is a sixth-form student who is very passionate about the arts and enjoys penning poetry in her spare time. She hopes to write and travel in the future and we really appreciate Maryam’s decision to share her talents.

A Picnic In the Park


The chequered blanket billows out

– stretching far and wide,

then flutters

down

down

down

to settle upon crispy, dry grass.

The bustle begins:    

excited chatter hurried the many hands
    drawing the spoils of war
    from containers galore.
Delicious scents waft through the open park air    

and the sun shine on in envy
    from the cloudless sky.
Shoes are thrown from sweaty feet    

and seek solace in the shade of
        withered pine trees.
The feast awaits…

Maryam Bouteldja

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