Adam Tavel

A Convalescent Bed in a Field of Yellow Tulips
December 23, 2018 Tavel Adam

A Convalescent Bed in a Field of Yellow Tulips
for DL

Your wires trail into a gopher hole.
A tea of clover greens the IV bag.
Two mice have made the stack of pillows propped
their soft cathedral. They scratch like children
impatient for a homily to end.
Frost fans its ragged ponytail across
the footboard. No spiders creep the sheets.
It seems a stretch, but you can yawn and push
the comforter into a little mound
of springtime snow so a cardinal can land,
resplendent as a sore, to peck and pull
holly berries from your socks. His sleek
and pointed helmet finds its feast. He’s come
to beak each reddened host upon your tongue.

Adam Tavel won the 2017 Richard Wilbur Award for his third book of poems, Catafalque(University of Evansville Press, 2018). He served as the reviews editor for Plume from 2016-2017. You can find him online at