Monday, December 12, 2011

the tangerine-eater

Oh what foresight!  This rabbit of the fruit-world!  Imagine:  thirty-seven little pits in a single specimen, ready to fall every-which-way and create offspring.  We had to correct that.  She could have populated the whole earth - this little headstrong Tangerine, wearing a dress too big for herself, as if she intended to keep on growing.  In short: badly dressed; more concerned with reproduction than with style.  Show her the pomegranate, in her armor of Cordova leather:  she is bursting with future, holds herself back, condescends... And, letting us catch just a glimpse of her possible progeny, she smothers them in a dark-red cradle.  She thinks earth is too evasive to sign a pact of abundance.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke
from Uncollected Poems,
four sketches
photo by bill thompson III