Thursday, April 22, 2010

lovely lilacs

The Lilac Thief


She is aghast
as I explain that once each year,
just about now,
I drive slowly through the neighborhoods casing likely targets,
and when I find one,
I park just across the street and walk over
with a great inner calm.
I use the very sharpest snips possible,
and cut one, two, but never more than three
clumps of perfectly bloomed purple lilacs,
then move on until the lead-heavy scent
inside the car makes me almost dopey.
I bring them home and arrange them in vases,
place them where they will find afternoon light.
But, she cries, that is just wrong!
Lilacs belong to all the people.
Yes, I say. Yes.
And I am one of the people.

- Young Dawkins


(I have my own lilacs now but am I the only one that's ever stolen lilacs?)

6 comments:

  1. I'm hoping my lilacs have some blooms this year - stinkin' root stock!

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  2. I once had a good sized holly tree that was filled with berries. On the day before Christmas I went down to pick some and found that the WHOLE TREE had been sawn off and pinched! Not quite the same as a few blooms of lilac, but....

    Our lilac here is nowhere near flowering. Bisou, Cro.

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  3. I've just been out, and the lilac is in flower everywhere. It's just MINE that's not; I think I cut it back too much last year.

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  4. Never cut lilac back!
    I think I would be tempted to do that also, I dont have a lilac, and do love the flowers, especially the white ones.

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  5. Sorry cro I'v done that before also! And as Elizabethd says never cut them back! I was wondering why yours wern't out since its warmer there than here? heaven is waking up and smelling lilacs.(you might have to resort to stealing this year)

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