The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog

by Alicia Suskin Ostriker

To be blessed
said the old woman
is to live and work
so hard
God's love
washes right through you
like milk through a cow

To be blessed
said the dark red tulip
is to knock their eyes out
with the slug of lust
implied by
your up-ended

To be blessed
said the dog
is to have a pinch
of God
inside you
and all the other dogs
can smell it

please note: artwork by Scott Burdick, Moravian Barn


  1. My dogs are surely blessed.

  2. Thank you! Wishing you a blessed New Year!
    Love Caroline

  3. Oh, she's a wonderful poet, Ms. Ostriker! Thank you for this. Happy New Year!


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