While the country side is burning up in the drought
In town the Poinsettias have all come out.
In a nearby street they were a painter's dream
A mixture of colours you seldom have seen.
The brightest reds, yellows and pinks
Growing on the same bush, why I can't think
On both sides of the road there was the same scene
With flowering Bauhinias in between.
Some weeks have passed since I walked that way
And now the Bougainvillea is out in full array
In hedges and gardens with colour so bright
They change the hot days to a time of delight.
The country has changed but the flowering trees remain
A tribute to the planners who brought the city fame.
From the collection - RHODESIAN REVERIE
Memories by Robert Heinrich Percival Cornell
Contributed by his grandson Rob Staniland
Email : Rob