Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Poetry Tuesday: "The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog" by Alice Suskin Ostriker


The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog

To be blessed
said the old woman
is to live and work
so hard
God's love
washes right through you
like milk through a cow

To be blessed
said the dark red tulip
is to knock their eyes out
with the slug of lust
implied by
your up-ended
skirt

To be blessed
said the dog
is to have a pinch
of God
inside you
and all the other dogs
can smell it

---Alice Suskin Ostriker

3 comments:

Brian said...

One of the many
aspects of being
blessed
is having a friend
who
gives
us
beautiful poems
every Tuesday

Happy New Year, BB!

Bossy Betty said...

Ah, shucks! Thank you, kind sir!

--BB

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