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O Taste and See

tangerinesToday’s Lenten poem from Education for Justice is by Denise Levertov.

O Taste and See

The world is
not with us enough
O taste and see

the subway Bible poster said,
meaning The Lord, meaning
if anything all that lives
to the imagination’s tongue,

grief, mercy, language,
tangerine, weather, to
breathe them, bite,
savor, chew, swallow, transform

into our flesh our
deaths, crossing the street, plum, quince,
living in the orchard and being

hungry, and plucking
the fruit.

Source: “O Taste and See” from O Taste and See by Denise Levertov. New
York: New Directions, 1964.

Posted by opreach on March 27, 2013
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. 03/27/2013

    Thank you for re-introducing me to the poetry of Denise Levertov. She has some wonderful word pictures that your photo compliment well. Peace.

    • 03/27/2013

      Thank you, John. She has some wonderful works. Blessings of Holy Week to you! Pat


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