A Tulip in Winter

A Tulip in Winter

A Tulip in Winter

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A weekly poem, read by the author.
Dec. 4 1997 3:30 AM

A Tulip in Winter

(for Janice Fitzpatrick)

Your out-of-season hospital tulip still
brightens above its parti-colored foil.

Lacquered in lamplight, its fleshy leafage
could, conceivably, survive this way

a hundred days. A hundred days (imagine
that) to paint out the wallpaper harlequins,

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uncane your cane-back rocking chair,
to reclaim your green connection to a place

where flowers such as these are grown
to leave the living less impossibly alone.

Sherod Santos is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The City of Women. A fourth, The Pilot Star Elegies, is forthcoming in fall 1998.