Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Today's Poem

Via Poetry Daily


after Francis Ponge

Gnarled as cliff-face, two shells suctioned,
one snug in another to shape a rocky pear,
bluish, held together by a dark protein hinge,

content once in spatfall on a piling, changed
from free-swimming to inert life filtering
plankton from water, beating cilia. Dredged

firmaments of bread and brine now on ice
with lemon wedges in a fish-stall window.
Soft, protandric pulsations in mantle skirts

made liquid to itself, turning males female
and back again, telling secrets that require
a knife to pry open and vinegar to serve.

Ravi Shankar

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