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Margolis: Rowing the Tulip Boat

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Posted on May 23, 2014 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Rowing the Tulip Boat

What’s more here than now!

    My neighbor’s bed of tulips,

rows crowded into rows.

    Not Elizabeth’s rainbow

 

bilge, gas and oil between

    her rowboat’s struts.

Not a serrated knife’s leftover

    scales. Oh the scales she found

 

 in a scene’s words! I find

    each time I walk by his flowering

brushes, these more than purple

    blossoming cups. I could look

 

up their names. Even if Elizabeth

    didn’t name her boat’s fish,

leaving something for us to do

    if we needed to. If a moment is

 

more than walking by and seeing

    his work and theirs. What it takes

to break through his mounded

    soil to find their names.

   

This book says they’re called,

    Queen of the Night, Red Riding Hood,

Kolpakowskiana, the one with two blooms,

    I have to pronounce more than twice.

 

Isn’t a name how we remember

    or not? Here, I have to say, I don’t

know my neighbor’s. Now is his time

    for flowers.

               --Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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