artless beauty


framed in words of the plainest tongue

like beef tongue boiled for hours

with onions and peppers

of the hottest sort


Like my friend in Indiana

Sends me now and then

and I eat and save the seeds,

as much as I love their exquisite heat.

to plant, to plant, ah that is the question

for my peppers never grow


my mind grows,

often like a melon vine in a bottle

contorted, constrained by lack of convention


and yet consider the carpenter

he neither worries,

nor fails, but builds,

cutting and nailing until the house is built


a good house, not a piece of art

better than art, and thus it is art


and while I was yet writing this

the rains came and washed away all

but the house, the melon in a jar

and the carpenter

dry on his porch



About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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