Last Thursday these gorgeous pink tulips
posed for me in the garden for tea.
Now this week they took on another role
with most of the stems cut off.
They had grown so long something needed to be done.
Cutting off much of their stems and all of their leaves,
I placed them in a bowl where they could again shine
and take on a different role.
Tulips are a metaphor for life.
They continue to grow even when cut down.
They open and flourish in the light.
Each step of the way they shine and delight.
And then as they wither and die,