Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose
Three ripe lemons reflected
in a plate of polished pewter --
breast shaped ovals in morning light,
by slanted autumn sun on stones.
Ancient motifs — the trinity, homages to the virgin --
oranges with blossoms, water in pewter for purity,
the thornless rose, shades of white and tissue pink,
immaculate conception to renaissance viewers.
It’s the intensity of colour that draws me,
that curls my fists and fingers,
lemony oil, pocked yet smooth skin.
My mouth tightening at the taste.
Round bellied oranges wear deeper shadows,
as do sinners who bite into fruit.
The background, obsidian
colour beyond all colours, living pigment
created at the back of the brain,
bright as the history of shadows.
Each colour a kaleidoscope
muted with gothic dark.
Mary Kay Rummel
Mary Kay Rummel has published eight poetry collections, recently Cypher Garden from Blue Light Press. Her books have won awards from New Rivers Press, Bright Hill Press and Blue Light Press. She is co-editor of Psalms of Cinder & Silt, poems about experiences with fires California (Solo Novo Press). A former poet laureate of Ventura County, California she lives in Minneapolis and Ventura.
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