Sunday, July 19, 2009

Poem: Greens at a Vegetable Stand

Greens at a Vegetable Stand

You look at the colors,
vibrant and rich, the color of life,
and you understand how painters
and poets go mad, trying

to paint something so perfect
that to begin,
is to fail.


The picture was taken earlier today at the Dorset Farmer's market in Dorset, Vermont. You can click on it for a larger version.

The greens themselves came from the Brown Boar Farm in East Wells, Vermont.



Mark Kerstetter said...

So true.

On my one trip to Vermont (so far) our visit to the farmers' market was a highlight - can't wait to go again.

Tom Atkins said...

Mark, I have only been up here a couple of months, but the farmer's markets (and many towns have them around here.)is one of the delights of being here. The sheer variety of vegetables makes the grocery store produce seem anemic. said...

I hope you bought some! I love swiss chard. Creamed with bacon and cheese is so yummy!

Isn't life beautiful? Glad you are enjoying Vermont. Have you ever read Donald Hall's poetry? He hails from New Hampshire. I think you might appreciate some of his essays and poetry.

Tom Atkins said...

It's been a while since I read any Donald Hall. I remember sitting in at a reading he did at Hollins many years ago and enjoying his work, but I didn't realize he was from up here. I can easily see how living up here would influence a poet's mindset, and wonder how it will change mine, considering I spent the first 53 years of my life in Virginia.