Poetry: Asparagus

Aparagus-MundaneMondayThese are asparagus crowns ready for planting, in response to the WordPress Mundane Monday Challenge #57, organized by Trablogger.  The excerpt is from Asparagus, by Margaret Atwood, whose poetry sustains me (full poem below). Thanks to all those who create our daily and weekly prompts. You are much appreciated.

The sun
sifts down through the imperceptibly
brownish urban air. I’m going to
suffer for this: turn red, get
blisters or else cancer. I eat
asparagus with my fingers . . .

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AsparagusSign-MundaneMonday

Asparagus by Margaret Atwood

This afternoon a man leans over
the hard rolls and the curled
butter, and tells me everything: two
women love him, he loves them, what
should he do?

The sun
sifts down through the imperceptibly
brownish urban air. I’m going to
suffer for this: turn red, get
blisters or else cancer. I eat
asparagus with my fingers, he
plunges into description.
He’s at his wit’s end, sewed
up in his own frenzy. He has
breadcrumbs in his beard.
I wonder
if I should let my hair go grey
so my advice will be better.
I could wrinkle up my eyelids,
look wise. I could get a pet lizard.
You’re not crazy, I tell him.
Others have done this. Me, too.
Messy love is better than none,
I guess. I’m no authority
on sane living.

Which is all true
and no hep at all, because
this form of love is like the pain
of childbirth: so intense
it’s hard to remember afterwards,
or what kind of screams and grimaces
it pushed you into.

The shrimp arrive on their skewers,
the courtyard trees unroll
their yellow caterpillars,
pollen powders our shoulders.
He wants them both, he relates
tortures, the coffee
arrives and altogether I am amazed
at his stupidities.

I sit looking at him
with a sort of wonder;
or is it envy?
Listen, I say to him,
you’re very lucky.

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3 thoughts on “Poetry: Asparagus

  1. Glad you joined the challenge. Thank you for joining and sharing. It is good to know that the mundane thing inspired to write a lovely poem. Well that is the whole purpose of MM challenge 🙂

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      1. Glad to know that you really enjoy the concept of MMC. Here your equipment doesnt matter. All you have to do is to find beauty in little things all around you. Hope to see you next week too 🙂

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