I Bought Yellow Tulips

I Bought Yellow Tulips

 

The luxury of sunny ovals caught my eye.
I placed them in my cart
alongside the lettuce and detergent.
Halfway to the register, I turned
to put them back
but stopped myself:
If not now, then when?

They’re opening now on my kitchen table,
eighteen cups of sunshine
poised on slender stalks.
Among them lies a single petal dashed with red.
I stop my mindless grazing to admire.
If not now, then when?

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