ETIQUETTE

Paula Bonnell

Would it be more polite

to return the loan of tulips

before their life of bloom

waned? or would it

show an apter appreciation

of the favor to enjoy

them to the end?

While I was debating

this question and

putting one or another

of them into the compost,

the pink-and-white tulip

made certain yellow

disclosures

and held

all

Paula Bonnell

Paula Bonnell’s poems have been published nationally and internationally. She is a PEN New England Discovery writer, the author of Airs & Voices and three other collections of poems, as well as essays and book reviews in The Christian Science Monitor and other major newspapers.


Would it be more polite to return the loan of tulips before their life of bloom waned? or would it show an apter appreciation of the favor to enjoy them to the end? While I was debating this question and putting one or another of them into the compost, the pink-and-white tulip made certain yellow …

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