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The Tulips Have Good News:
A Kindergartener in Spring

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Frost evaporates with deliberate stroke and nuzzle
the way I coax my son awake on sleepy Monday mornings
pollen dust in his eyes.
brush your teeth
wash face
get dressed

Shirt on inside-out, tag like a tongue flaps under his chin.
Neither of us have the heart to suggest he change.

First shoots in the garden and he screams Spring.
Other signs: robins return from a better place and forsythia.

I call it Sorsythia, he says. A plant of ancient times. Food
for the heroic god Sorsythianius, the one who every morning rose
without a whine on the way to school.

Reds and yellows alternate. Straight-lined,
straight-laced. Nothing about this New England style bucks his glee.

In the car, he tells me the petals make cups
to better embrace the honey bee
just doing his job.

Tina Egnoski is a poet and fiction writer. Her work has been published in a number of literary journals, including Cimarron Review, Folio, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Louisville Review. She is the author of the fiction chapbook, Perishables, published in 2010 by Black Lawrence Press. She grew up in Florida and currently lives in Rhode Island with her husband and 10-year-old son.

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