Spring can take so long
making the leap. Everyone wants to know when it has finally done it.
For some, winter was colder. Temperature
is not a matter of belief.
Everyone has a stake in it—winter, and the garden--
one way or another.
Some tulips will bloom before others.
Some will never bloom at all. The deer will get them just as green is envying another color.
It's a simple fact that your neighbors took certain precautions and you didn’t. They sprayed
fish stink on those lush petals. Threw netting over the whole lot.
The deer prefer your tulips; maybe you should be flattered.
Too soon to tell what color they could have been, too late
to find out. You knew when you planted them
but now you're not sure. Color is tricky and memory fools us.