Saturday, September 11, 2010

"In Mind"

In Mind
Denise Levertov

There's in my mind a woman
of innocence, unadorned but
fair-featured, and smelling of
apples or grass.  She wears
a utopian smock or shift, her hair
is light brown and smooth, and she
is kind and very clean without
              but she has
no imagination.
               And there's a
turbulent moon-ridden girl
or old woman, or both,
dressed in opals and rags, feathers
and torn taffeta,
who knows strange songs---
but she is not kind.

Rote Cocotte, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, c.1914


Gina said...

A turbulent moon-ridden girl...that makes me smile. I know her.

Bellatrix said...

Where do you find such great literature?

BitterGrace said...

I'm glad you share my admiration for it, Bellatrix. The world is full of beauty, as you know--just gotta look for it ;-)