2615. The black tulip

Hans grew nothing but tulips in his garden. They were every colour and variety. What a glorious garden, especially in the spring! Hordes of people would stroll past his house to have a peek over the fence. (Actually he lived in a windmill but it was still his house). At the height of the flowering season Hans barely went inside to sleep, so wondrous were the tulips.

Then one day someone walking past pointed out something: the collection of tulips was racist. They were in every colour but black. Was this because Hans hated blacks? Hans pointed out that there was no such thing as a black tulip. Aha! So he was in favour of racial genocide as well. No blacks.

Hans dug up his garden. He declared that he would never grow another tulip until he had developed a black tulip. It would take pride of place in the garden. It took him years, but he succeeded. Once again tulips of all colours and shapes flowered in his garden. And how extraordinary the black tulip looked among them! People gazed in utter wonder. It wasn’t a “pretend” black tulip which is really a dark purple. It was solid black!

Then one day someone walking past pointed out something: the collection of tulips was racist. What right did a white person have to develop a black tulip? How presumptuous. It harkened back to the days of slavery when white people thought they could rule of over everything and everyone.

In shame Hans once again dug up his garden. Never again would he grow another tulip. The person who had complained managed to get hold of a bulb of the unique black tulip and sold it for a huge sum.


23 thoughts on “2615. The black tulip

  1. Badfinger (Max)

    In the immortal words of Ricky Nelson… “you can’t please everyone
    So you got to please yourself.” Words to live by Bruce…words to live by. I mean Hans!

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          1. Badfinger (Max)

            He seemed like a good guy from all I read about him.
            Loved this story Bruce… by the way! It’s how ridiculous it’s got. I’m 55 and I’ve seen things change to a crazy level in my lifetime.


    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Calvin grew only one color. (I was thinking of you this evening (we’re ahead in time) and thought I must tell you about that, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was…) I remember… Have you got around to reading Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”? (which your late mother appreciated.) You must if you haven’t. The greatest short story ever written!

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