The Orange, Wendy Cope.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.
This poem reminded me of a song we sang at school. It 's all about being glad, like The Orange poem.
Glad that I live am I,
That the sky is blue.
Glad for the country lanes,
And the fall of dew.
After the sun the rain,
After rain the sun
This is the way of life,
Till the work be done.
All that we need to do
Be we low or high
Is to see that we grow
Nearer the sky.
Here is one of my favourite recipes for oranges.
Oranges in syrup
4 oranges peeled and sliced.
5 tbsp sugar
Grand marnier - optional
Put the sugar and water in a saucepan over a low heat. When the sugar has dissolved bring to the boil and simmer until reduced by half. Set aside to cool.