Time for tulips


Time for tulips

I know that tulip festival in Istanbul has come to its end this year. The petals have fallen, beauty has faded. The grace of tulips lasts only for a short while. Now the tulip time has begun here in Estonia, the country where I live. I hope, sincerely, that some day I can take part of this beauty parade in Emirgan park, Gülhane park,Yildiz park, Sultanahmet square… whereever in Istanbul.

Istanbul tulip festival, photos by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Istanbul tulip festival, photos by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

I admire this modest, simple, yet sophisticated charm of tulips. I look at them every morning in my garden. Every night brings them closer to perfection.

Tulip by William J Smith

A slender goblet wrethed in flame,
From Istanbul the flower came
And brought its beauty, and its name.

Now as I lift it up, that fire
Sweeps on from dome to golden spire
Until the East is all aflame:

By curving petals held entire
In cup of ceremonial fire,
Magnificence within a frame.

1954

Istanbul tulip festival, photos by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Istanbul tulip festival, photos by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

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