Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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Ruth Stone -



In the last post, Elizabeth Gilbert mentions the poet Ruth Stone.  Here is one of her poems.


The Cabbage  
by Ruth Stone
 
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 leaning against one wall,
your daughter's 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.



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