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The Face in the Vase

by Will Schmit

The final splay of our tulip

is a table top Ferris wheel

purple petals wide

as a lion’s mane.

Flowering jumble in a water jar, the bulb brings life and the stem snipped for the day’s bouquet.

The kitchen wild for it, the meal graced, the wet grey spring proposes from the window.

Husband and wife working the home hours chance a glance at the bloom and remember Who gives.

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