Before any other tulips open up in my yard, still among weeds that I haven’t dealt with, here is the first of the season, just “born” today.
I’m surprised at how happy it makes me, after such a long dreary winter.
The name of the tulip is thought to have come from some connection to the turban, or to the fact that a tulip was sometimes worn on a turban as decoration.
Thought to be originally from Persia, the tulip arrived in northwestern Europe in the 16th century.
A Tulip’s Story
It’s not because I have two lips that I received my name,
A sultan wore me on his hat so it would not look lame.
He put a turban on his head and wrapped it good and tight,
And then he looked into the glass, but something wasn’t right.
He said, “It needs a pick-me-up, a tad of fashion flair,
This tulip bright would do the trick, but oh dear, do I dare
To wear a flower on my head, what kind of man am I?
But I will show the world out there, I’m brave without a lie,
The ladies all will flock to me, admiring my good taste,
And this is such a perfect chance, I simply cannot waste.”
And so he put me on his hat and strolled along the street,
Smiling at approving looks from ladies he did meet.
Perhaps this fashion disappeared, no longer quite the thing,
But I am famous everywhere, for brightening up the spring.