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Meditation By The Stove Analysis



Author: Poetry of Linda Pastan Type: Poetry Views: 167

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Carnival Evening1998I have banked the fires

of my body

into a small but steady blaze

here in the kitchen

where the dough has a life of its own,

breathing under its damp cloth

like a sleeping child;

where the real child plays under the table,

pretending the tablecloth is a tent,

practicing departures; where a dim

brown bird dazzled by light

has flown into the windowpane

and lies stunned on the pavement--

it was never simple, even for birds,

this business of nests.

The innocent eye sees nothing, Auden says,

repeating what the snake told Eve,

what Eve told Adam, tired of gardens,

wanting the fully lived life.

But passion happens like an accident

I could let the dough spill over the rim

of the bowl, neglecting to punch it down,

neglecting the child who waits under the table,

the mild tears already smudging her eyes.

We grow in such haphazard ways.

Today I feel wiser than the bird.

I know the window shuts me in,

that when I open it

the garden smells will make me restless.

And I have banked the fires of my body

into a small domestic flame for others

to warm their hands on for a while.





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