Friday, April 2, 2010

Daily Dose

From The Best of It: New & Selected Poems, by Kay Ryan


"Intention doesn't sweeten.
It should be picked young
and eaten. Sometimes only hours
separate the cotyledon
from the wooden plant.
Then if you want to eat it,
you can't."


  1. I love this one. I won't say it's one of my favorites- because they are all my favorite! But this is one that's delightful read out loud. It has a certain 'Stephen Jay Gould meets Ogden Nash' quality about it.

  2. Rhyme! And very clever ones, at that. I love it too.

  3. B - That's my friend Didi's comment - the one we call Kay's stalker. I sent her over here to check it out. Hope you had a good resurrection.