Every time  I pass them, my breath catches and I stifle the urge to audibly say, “Oh!” They are so lovely. Dozens of tulips bunched in green-leafed patches, their colors shouting into the sky: brash red; wild, happy orange; fervent purple; sunny hello yellow. A week opened, their huge thick petals splay apart, erupting from juicy stems. They will last only a few more days like this, large and brilliant, before their petals, arched outward from powdery stamens, loosen and fall. The gently curved chips will clutter the ground, will wedge between green leaves, a haphazard mosaic, before they shrivel, darken, and transform into brittle tissue. Oh!

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