NaPoWriMo, Day 30 – The Tulips at Springtime

For the last day of April

Prompts: Something that happens again and again, and The (blank): substitute a word or phrase and use as a title

“The Tulips at Springtime”

One year soon after I was married,
my mother ordered tulip bulbs
to be planted in the fall,
sent all the way from Holland,
from the farm on which they grow.

She planted bulbs and gave us some.
We placed ours near to those
my husband’s mother planted
many years ago to complement
the lily tulips favored
by the folks who’d come before.

My mother’s gone, his mother, too,
but still the tulips grow.
I wonder if the children of
the folks who lived here
half a century ago remember,
too, the blooms that grew,
planted by their mom and dad
and maybe them.

first flowers
the last memories
tears…always

“The Tulips at Springtime”. Copyright © 2017-04-30, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

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