Tulips – The Beginning of Spring!

Tulip Fields
[Tulips herald the beginning of the spring season. The flowers are at their peak in the month of April. But due to changes in weather conditions, the dates of the full bloom usually change by a week or two each year.
Tulip Festivals are one of the most popular tourist attractions of the host cities and surroundings.  For instance, the festival in Albany, New York, is one of the largest annual events held in the city. It attracts thousands of spectators to Washington Park where the festival is organized.
Every year it is celebrated on Mother Day’s weekend, and in 2015 that is, May 9th and 10th. Thousands of blooming tulips in a wide variety of colors will be on display.]

Tulips have a long history preceding their appearance in these United States. The celebrated Urdu poet, Iqbal, wrote the following poem, which was inspired by his witnessing the spring miracle in the upper reaches of his Indian homeland. The transcreation below of his lovely verse is mine, followed by the original Urdu for those familiar with its poetic fantasy:

The hills and dales are alight
with tulip bulbs again
The nightingales have roused
me anew to this refrain:

Are these wildflowers,
are they fairies, row upon row?
Dressed in robes of rampant
purple, blue and yellow?

پهِر چِراغ لاله سے روشَن
هوُےُ کوه و دَمَن
مُجکو  پهِر  نَعمون پر اُکسانے
لَگا مُرغِ چَمَن
پهوُل هَیں صَنِحرا میں یا
پَرِیان قطار اَندَر  قطار
اُودے اُودے، نیلے نیلے،
پِیلے پِیلے پَیرَ هَن

 Copyright © 2015 Azim Lewis Mayadas

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