Perceiving is the same as receiving and it is the same as responding.
thought begins as small floral bowls : they hold greens—broccoli stalks,
chopped kale—against Chinese blue
very dark, with a greenish tint :
the way a silence falls to each side
of the knife's stroke, the colors rhyme
softly and I think, I'll miss this when I die. This is how I enter appearances
Copyright © 2010 by Brian Teare. Used with permission of the author.
Born in Athens, Georgia in 1974, Brian Teare is the author of several poetry collections, including The Room Where I Was Born (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), which was awarded both the Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.
Date Published: 2010-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/perceiving-same-receiving-and-it-same-responding