First Flower

Tulips Art

Tulips were the first flowers I drew.

Not these tulips
with tightly packed petals
cradled in a viridian leaf
arranged in a slender vase.

Not these tulips
who unfold in hues
of titanium white                                                                                                                                                    cadmium yellow
alizarin crimson
atop sinuous stems.

These tulips are confined                                                                                                                                              by elements of design
perspective, proportion,
weight of line.

My first tulips
marched across the page-
a parade of kings and queens
wearing bright crowns.Tulips Child



  1. bbutler627 · July 5, 2016

    I do love a good poem. Especially one with lyrical perfection such as, “Those tulips are confined
    by elements of design…and weight of line.” I could see THOSE tulips. While most floral imagery is by definition soft and flowy, this one feels like a beat. I love it. Great slice 🙂


    • acrossthewallblog · July 6, 2016

      Thank you, readers, for the kind remarks. My mother was a talented artist who was disappointed that I did not share her dreams. Meanwhile, I was a stubborn daughter who was determined to go my own direction..

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  2. beckymusician · July 5, 2016

    Beautiful! You have created a perfect image of those first tulips.


  3. marilynyung · July 5, 2016

    Awesome poem. Beautiful, accurate words and sounds.


  4. tracy anne · July 12, 2016

    “My first tulips
    marched across the page-
    a parade of kings and queens
    wearing bright crowns.”

    I delighted in this imagery at the end! Good for that little girl and her drawing, marching and parading rather than tiptoeing and wandering. That stubbornness you mentioned in your comment shines through here. Good for you!


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