The marvelous flowering tree!
the Tulip Poplar,
tall denizen of the forest,
wide shiny leaves so full,
riotous with movement and green,
and here on each branch, a tulip flower!
Imagine! A flower orange and green,
three sepals separate from it all,
and the flower tropical with lushness,
orange base a watercolor
whirling into the bright green corolla.
This is the tulip-tree flower,
and adding to the wonder,
in late Spring,
She casts Herself off in a flourish
to land in perfect beauty at my feet.
May 24, 2014