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
ostentation---
              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

3 comments:

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 ;-)