Still life with tulip and chimneys

Even though life’s
like a still life today,
what with chill,
incessant rain &
this being a holiday,
there must be motion
somewhere behind each
one of those still windows

There must be

Since I don’t have one,
I imagine a tulip
in the window,
screaming vermilion
– from hot sun rays
soaked in –
at the chimneys
stuck up in today’s torpor

There’s life somewhere,
I’m sure of it

– James Steerforth

Inspired by today (weather & all) and the title of a book of poetry by e. e. cummings (Tulips and Chimneys, 1923).

About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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3 Responses to Still life with tulip and chimneys

  1. poetry69 says:

    The moon is gone.

    She fled as dawn approached.

    Dawn as a slowly opening eye.

    White sea birds skimming over the water,

    looking for an early morning snack.

    The mirror brightens.

    From a blood moon at dawn to a mirror

    reflecting waking life…


    I woke her to take the moon.

    Her campaign was swift and terrible.

    Metallic and fierce.

    Glaring up in the twilight.

    But the moon was both implacable and unreachable

    and in the end the war against the moon failed.

    As dawn rose slowly from her bed, the moon slipped away.

    But in the end, all that was lost,

    was a little sleep….

  2. Thank you for this beautiful poem!

  3. maryt says:

    James, love your poem! Check out some of my own poetry

    And poetry69 I like your stuff too…

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