Wednesday, February 18, 2015

semper augustus

a garnet-streaked tulip, valentine,

in a field of daffodils
more yellow
than the newborn springtime sun

more welcome
than my favorite denim, softest sweater,
my cowgirl boots

and, seeming
like lace and pearls
by the bed, on the floor
come morning

is found,
           and flaming,

between us

© 2015 Jennifer Wagner

a little bit of a late valentine...smiles. for ian.

the semper augustus was the most rare and valuable tulip at the height of tulipomania in the 17th century ($5,700 for a single bulb!).


Tank said...

I so love this poem, thank you!!! xoxox Happy V-day...

Brian Miller said...

smiles...there is a bit of fun in this...and an intimacy...that make this really endearing jennifer..that rare type love is def beautiful...

grapeling said...

whoo! ~

Magyar said...

the silent smile
often speaks of deeper love
a new bloom


Grace said...

Love the passionate voice:

is found,
and flaming,

between us

Hope you had a lovely Valentine weekend, smiles ~

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. I see the lace a pearls by the bed.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love that incredible way you tie the opening and closing together...

brudberg said...

This is so carefully executed going through the general imagery to the close and intimacy -- such rare perfection in that tulip that we always dream of in a relationship

Margaret said...

very imaginative and original - (over $5,000 !!! Wow)

Anonymous said...

a sweet and tender poem of love and tulips, both rare and valuable - smiles

Wendy Bourke said...

Love this piece - so sensual and romantic. Flowers, by virtue of their delicate and, somewhat ephemeral nature, really evoke that sense of fragility and magic that is inherent in a beautiful, tender and amorous coming together - and your choice of such a rare bloom, is inspired.