(A Decuian Poem)
It’s almost having sunlight at your feet,
with yellow tulips growing in the spring.
Among the early flowers, they’re elite,
like golden cups on tables of a king.
They lift to capture moisture mornings bring,
in tepals colorful and so petite,
yet giving graceful glow to everything.
The Netherlands have long embraced this flower,
but dogs and cats must never it devour.
We humans are enamored by its power.
I spotted these yellow Tulips, and just had to get a picture of them. This was at Lakewood Cemetery, near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis Minnesota. We went there on Mother’s Day to visit my wife, Karen’s mother, She died January 17, 2015.
A tepal is one of the outer parts of a flower when these parts cannot easily be divided into two kinds, sepals and petal. For all practical purposes, a tepal is the petal of a tulip.
The tulip is a Eurasian and North African genus of perennial, bulbous plants in the lily family. They can be toxic. They contain Tulipanin, which is an anthocyanin, and are responsible for allergies, and it induces a dermatitis that is mostly occupational and affects tulip bulb sorters and florists who cut the stems and leaves. Tulipanin A and B are toxic to horses, cats and dogs, and may cause death.
Cultivation of the tulip began in Persia, probably in the 10th century. The tulip is not mentioned by any writer from antiquity, therefore it seems probable that tulips were introduced into Anatolia only with the advance of the Seljuks. 1594 is considered the date of the tulip’s first flowering in the Netherlands. These tulips at Leiden would eventually lead to both the Tulip mania and the tulip industry in the Netherlands. The gift of a red or yellow tulip was a declaration of love, the flower’s black center representing a heart burned by passion. During the Ottoman Empire, the tulip was seen as a symbol of abundance and indulgence. Today, Tulip festivals are held around the world. Source: Wikipedia.
This poem is a Decuian.
The Decuain (pronounced deck-won), created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a short poem made up of 10 lines, which can be written on any subject. There are 10 syllables per line and the poem is written in iambic pentameter. The first 5 lines carry the same rhyme scheme of: ababb. But the last 5 lines carry several choices.
So the set choices of the total rhyme scheme are:
ababbcbcaa, ababbcbcbb, ababbabccc, or ababbcbccc.
For a longer Decuain poem, add more stanzas for a double, triple, quatruple, etc. Decuain.
I did use feminine iambic pentameter on lines 8 and 10.