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Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Decade

(Still Life with Bottle, Glass and Loaf, formerly attributed
to French painter Jean-Siméon Chardin, 1699-1779, but
now acknowledged to be a nineteenth-century imitation)

Sometimes the poet reaches out to the mundane for a simile to describe a beloved. Even images pulled from the pantry can be romantic, as they are in this love poem.


When you came, you were like red wine and honey,
And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.
Now you are like morning bread,
Smooth and pleasant.
I hardly taste you at all, for I know your savor;
But I am completely nourished.

~ Amy Lowell (1874-1925), American poet

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