Redbud leaf

The Poet Eats Redbud Blossoms

--for Ted Kooser

In Spring, so many
blessings for the eyes.
Tender greens skim garden rows.
Pink crawls along redbud branches.
For the nose, twice-blessed:
earth’s moist richness,
the radiant breath of purple.
Sit before your salad,
all that has sprouted,
all that has bloomed.
Eat, then tell what
only the tongue can see.


"The Poet Eats Redbud Blossoms" first appeared in the Kansas City Star







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