Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Day 319: Flower Music

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 Tulips as Cut Flowers

Yep, there's a flower theme this week, in keeping with the start of summer!  

"Freshen the Flowers, She Said" - Mary Oliver

So I put them in the sink, for the cool porcelain

was tender,
and took out the tattered and cut each stem

on a slant,
trimmed the black and raggy leaves, and set them all -

roses, delphiniums, daisies, iris, lilies,
and more whose names I don't know, in bright new water -

gave them

a bounce upward at the end to let them take

their own choice of position, the wheels, the spurs,
the little sheds of the buds. It took, to do this,

perhaps fifteen minutes.
Fifteen minutes of music

with nothing playing.

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