A terzanelle for Ruth
“Tulips and rosemary in front of my house,”
Ruth F. Harrison, Waldport, Oregon, April 12, 2013.
My world has donned a springtime blouse --
I’ve taken a photo of it for you:
Tulips and rosemary in front of my house.
The rosemary blooms, of course, are blue,
The tulips, by contrast, yellow and red;
I’ve taken a photograph of them for you.
As you can see, rosemary has spread,
But so have the tulips, though just a few
Of the latter are blooming, yellow and red.
I’m hoping that soon yours will, too,
Down East there, in frozen Maine,
Perhaps just crocuses. Only a few
Would lift your spirits, for they contain
The colors of summers yet to come
Down East there, in frozen Maine
Where surely soon the bees will hum,
For the world is donning its springtime blouse
Like the tulips and rosemary before my house
Containing the colors of summers to come.
By Lewis Turco
Copyright © 2013, all rights reserved by the author.