Friday, November 23, 2012


A month ago, looking for rabbit-barriers at the hardware store, I bought an amarillys bulb on impulse. It took me weeks to free it from its plastic netting and plant it, but even as it waited without soil or water, it grew. Finally I planted it, and within a few days, buds appeared.


Layer upon layer

One day, one flower opened. The next, two more. Soon after the fourth blossom opened, I had to stake the heavy stalk with a stick from outside and the leftover purple yarn from a failed crochet project. The amarillys stands by one of S.'s collage-paintings.

Flowers, shadow, and collage

As winter presses toward me, I am comforted by the presence of living, growing things in the house. There is still color in the world.


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