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Annual Sweet-Peas Smell So Good In The Poem "A Child's Vision"

Most flowers capture our attention with their color or form, but some hold a unique place in our hearts because of their intoxicating perfume. Lilac and lavender, roses and annual sweet-peas have distinctive and memorable scents. The perennial sweet-pea, that is an aggressive grower, unlike the annual sweet-pea, has no perfume at all.

Alfred Noyes (1880- 1958) wrote the following poem entitled “A Child’s Vision.”

Under the sweet-peas I stood

And drew deep breaths, they smelt so good.

Then, with strange enchanted eyes,

I saw them change to butterflies.

Higher than the skylark sings

I saw their fluttering crimson wings

Leave their garden-trellis bare

And fly into the upper air.

Standing in an elfin trance

Through the clouds I saw them glance….

Then I stretched my hands up high

And touched them in the distant sky.

At once the coloured wing came back

From wandering in the zodiac.

Under the sweet-peas I stood

And drew deep breaths. They smelt so good.

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