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O Taste and See
SSar's Beast
morbane
This poem came back into my mind yesterday and today - it's been years since I first read it, and it still fires up ideas. Just the power of 'If anything all'... So:


O Taste and See

Denise Levertov
1964


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.

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