The following piece was produced during the Creative Future Museum Tales course in the summer of 2014. The course, run in partnership with Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and funded by the Arts Council, enables marginalised writers to be inspired to write by museum artefacts and its surroundings.
My Museum Flower by Amanda Geary
Stolen from a vase amongst several
central to each table in the museum café,
a white-petaled button-hole bloom.
Yellow middle radiating petticoat frills
and cut stalk moist from its dip in Brighton tap-water,
it’s now denim-crushed, pocket-hidden.
Later, I may pluck each gentle blade
for loves refused or given,
remove them like insect wings.
Or, between the pages of a book,
carefully place this one-of-a-crowd flower,
an artifact for preservation.