The Orange


The Orange

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


— Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope is a renowned British poet with a distinctive and accessible writing style. Her poetry often explores themes of love, relationships, and the human experience, making it relatable to a wide audience. Her poetry continues to be widely read and appreciated because of her ability to capture the essence of human emotions. 


The simple act of reading or listening to mindful poetry encourages us to slow down and hence we can appreciate the beautiful simplicity in what is already here. Cope’s words remind us of many simple pleasures. Connection. Sharing. Savouring. Contentment. And of course Love.  

Poem The Orange by Wendy Cope

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