Tulips

Pink Tulips

How appropriate for the wine glass to be called tulip glass…

When next time you drink wine in a tulip  glass remember its poetic associations with the flower.

For centuries tulips have been praised by the mystic poets of the East like Omar Khayyam and Hafiz, in association with red wine and roseate cheeks of a beloved, as in this couplet:

When in the east of the cup, the sun of wine comes up,

In the garden of the wine-bearer’s cheek, a thousand tulips open up.

If a disobedient bouquet of cut tulips in a vase disappoint you with their moody behavior, look at the arrangement again but this time differently. Tulips ask you to see grace not logic in them and there is a certain beauty in their hourly shifting whim.