(August 4th,1926 / New York City)

Da Capo

Take the used-up heart like a pebble
and throw it far out.

Soon there is nothing left.
Soon the last ripple exhausts itself
in the weeds.

Returning home, slice carrots, onions, celery.
Glaze them in oil before adding
the lentils, water, and herbs.

Then the roasted chestnuts, a little pepper, the salt.
Finish with goat cheese and parsley. Eat.

You may do this, I tell you, it is permitted.
Begin again the story of your life.

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Comments (29)

Really interesting writings, quite eclectic thought!
Happy to read a variety one. Thank you!
I have had the pleasure of reading poems about Maths, poems about Science and about many other subjects, but this one is unique in its emphasis on linguistic perfection. Thanks, Stanley.
Very true, so it's odd that the author leaves so much of it out himself. There should be a period on the end of the 2nd line, and a few others. I heartily commend punctuation to rhymers, it makes your stuff easier to read. Leaving it out is just arty-farty, in my view.
Yes! Yes! Yes, I really enjoyed this and agree whole-heartedly. Is anyone taught it any more?
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