Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Morning Poetry

The Cabbage

You have rented an apartment.
You come to this enclosure with physical relief,
your heavy body climbing the stairs in the dark,
the hall bulb burned out, the landlord
of Greek extraction and possibly a fatalist.
In the apartment and leaning against one wall,
your daughter' painting of  a large frilled cabbage,
against a dark sky with pinpoints of stars.
The eager vegetable opening itself
as if to eat the air, or speak in cabbage
language of the meanings within meanings;
while the points of stars hide their massive
violence in the dark upper half of the painting.
You can live with this.
     ~ Ruth Stone


Anonymous said...

Intriguing poem! I like "speak in cabbage language of meanings within meanings".

Anonymous said...

What a lovely poem - interesting symbolism of the cabbage.

HKatz said...

Intriguing… very intriguing :) The cabbage image is both eerie and beautiful. I want to see that painting, of the small complex things that grow in the soil meeting the stars.

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