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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Shopping Together
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
This week's poem by the late Robert Siegel of South Berwick takes us to the mysterious world of the supermarket.
Shopping Together by Robert Siegel
Cardboard stars crowd the shelves, and moons marked off a penny, as you glide, standing on the cart,to a touch in any direction. We shine in a dusk of eggplants, sleepy with a perfume of apples,wander forests of asparagus, drift in a green ocean of lettuce, avocados, celery,down an avalanche of oranges to a wilderness of bananas-- an El Dorado of lavish aromas.Still, beyond the parsley are berries superfluous with juice that break in our mouths like old sorrows,and melons like a school of whales shouldering a cool secret over the edge of the world.All the way home, bags leaning lovesick against us, we feed each other plums and dark cherries.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2006 Robert Siegel. Reprinted from A Pentecost of Finches: New & Selected Poems, published in 2006 by Paraclete Press, by permission of Robert Siegel. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.