2.27.2008

Edna


I've rediscovered one of my favorite poets, and I didn't think I could do that. So thanks to the Elevens for the collected poems. I had no idea!


from Steepletop:


How did i bear it-how could I possibly as a child,
On my narrow shoulders and pipe stem legs have supported
The fragrance and colour of the frangible hour, the deep
taste of the shallow dish?-It is not as if
I had thought, being a child, that the beautiful thing would
last: it passed as I looked at it,
Except, of course in memory-memory is the seventh
Colour in the spectrum. But I knew about-when even then,
The grapevine growing over the grey rock-the shock
Of beauty seen, noticed, for the first time-
I remember it well-and I remember where I stood-on which
side of the rock.

Already the triangular leaves on the grape-trellis are green; they
have given me no time
To report their colour as it was when I first
Came upon them, wondering if the strawberry rhubarb was up,
looking for the pretty, feared hoof-marks of deer
In the asparagus.

How did I bear it?-Now-grown up and encased
In the armor of custom, after years
Of looking at loveliness, forewarned and face to face, and no
time and too prudent
At six in the morning to accept to unendurable embrace,

I come back from the garden into the kitchen, and take off my
rubbers-the dew
is heavy and high, wetting the sock above the shoe-but I
cannot do
The housework yet.

2 comments:

Jon said...

she is pretty great

rosa said...

tell me about it!

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.