Bayou Diaries: A Confusion of Tulips

Leafless tulip trees blossom
discordantly in January as if
the skies suddenly decided
to roll backwards west to east
sowing confusion until
compasses tremble with uncertainty
& clocks run down the wall
looking for a calendar
a Gideon’s, some book of portent
or fortune, telling them
what strikes next & when
leaving us by degrees
to an uncertain dead reckoning

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