Both, and. . .

Tulips

Things are not right in the world. 

 You cannot hear the news without heartbreak. 

 There is unspeakable suffering 

 that we inflict upon one another 

 and the planet 

 directly and by our inaction. 

 But on this day 

 when a rainbow of greens among the trees 

 brushes against the eggshell-sky;

 and when a scent is so sweet 

it

stops you in your tracks 

 and the canary-yellow of tulips 

 stuns you into a second glance, 

 you realize

both are true: 

 pain and beauty. 

 Suffering and love coexist. 

 Drink you, all 

of them.

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