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This poem is taken from PN Review 127, Volume 25 Number 5, May - June 1999.

Three Poems Graham Worden

Blue Rubies

In an enormously round bowl
which itself has plums and foliage
intertwining round its sloping rim
but painted, the real plums are too many
and make up a riven heap
of blue rubies, dimpled humps.

And pimples from the cold tap build
roundedly reflected worlds
onto that blueness, alive to any slightest shift
through light: just now a sudden garden bird.

Daylight brims within
the kitchen which is scented
too with pots of massed basil
and a sheaf of sage-brush tied

on the side, waiting for a knife

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