Planting Tulips in November

A late spring delight,

The turban-shaped flowers,

Bold and bright,

Enfold memories of Holland;

A single vibrant bloom

In a vase, in a room,

Summons up a multitude

In a foreign field.

In the garden, you stand,

Dull, dry onions in your hand:

Precious jewels

Wrapped in brown paper.

You push them deep

Into the damp darkness

Of the soil

Until spring

When their glorious goblets

Illuminate the day.

Glowing red tulip

Image found on itsi.concord.org

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