Dutch Flower Painting from the 1670s

A. E. Stallings

Winter 2017

The ladybird (or -bug) exits stage right,
Or, no, stage left, tiptoeing the tabletop,
But somewhat towards us, towards the source of light,
While overhead towers the scalloped cup

Of brindled tulip, pillowy peony,
Bouquet of blooms that never blew together,
Golden-age adynaton.  The bee
That crawls away, behind the base, however,

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