Ode for Stanley in His Garden

van Gogh irises
some of Vincent van Gogh’s irises

Ode for Stanley in His Garden

It’s early for irises, Stanley. But today

daffodils are shouting yellow and white calls

to me from my garden, “Come outside!

Leave that poem for tonight! Touch blooms!”

Maybe it was you, Stanley, calling me.

still life

Poet Stanley Kunitz was also known for his Provincetown, Cape Cod garden which I was able to visit when I spent a week in Ptown at a poetry-writing workshop.


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