Queen-Anne’s Lace by William Carlos Williams

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So my blog from August 13 about my mistaking the wild carrot plant for Beggar’s Lice (Queen Anne’s Lace) has made a new connection for me!  Today I discovered William Carlos Williams poem, “Queen-Anne’s Lace”.  It’s delicious.  I will be ruminating on it some more.

By the way, you can eat Queen-Anne’s Lace!

Queen-Anne’s Lace

William Carlos Williams1883 – 1963

Her body is not so white as
anemone petals nor so smooth—nor
so remote a thing. It is a field
of the wild carrot taking
the field by force; the grass
does not raise above it.
Here is no question of whiteness,
white as can be, with a purple mole
at the center of each flower.
Each flower is a hand’s span
of her whiteness. Wherever
his hand has lain there is
a tiny purple blemish. Each part
is a blossom under his touch
to which the fibres of her being
stem one by one, each to its end,
until the whole field is a
white desire, empty, a single stem,
a cluster, flower by flower,
a pious wish to whiteness gone over—
or nothing.

 

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Published by: Basicallybarb

Barbara A Meier is a poet, teacher, and mother, trying to write her way out of Kansas, anxiety and depression. Instead of indulging in feeling like garbage, trash, or rubbish, she chooses to examine the debris of her life by writing poems about it. After all as a forgiven, child of God, simultaneously saint and sinner, she is loved and cherished by her God.

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