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Lilac Time

Hayden Carruth

The winter was fierce, my dear,
Snowy and blowy and cold,
A heart-breaker and record-breaker,
And I am feeble and old.

But now it is lilac time.
Come out in the sweet warm air,
Come and I'll gather flowers
To put in your beautiful hair.

Let's make a bouquet of lilac
For our old bedside table.
Then the fragrance in the night
Will make me form-i-dable.

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"Lilac Time" from Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey by Hayden Carruth. Copyright © 1996. Reprinted with permission of Copper Canyon Press.


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