Poem of the month-October 2010 “The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog”

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Poem of the Month ~ October 2010
This made me laugh out loud! Finally, the truth about what’s really going on with our canine friends, who always sniff each other with such abandon! So hey, what would you say it is to be blessed? –Krayna

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

“The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog” by Alicia Ostriker, from The Book of Seventy. © University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009.
Copyrighted material; for educational/therapeutic purposes only.

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