hunger

A poem for "Velamen" by Robert Kelly

 
Velamen , 2018, oil on paper, 6 x 4 in.

Velamen, 2018, oil on paper, 6 x 4 in.

Children worship the sun,
think it is something to eat,
something they could eat
if they could get it out of the sky
that blue mother, who keeps
fruit and cake and sprinkles
out of our hands, children
are always hungry, we are
always hungry, we try to gorge
on music and language,
on touching each other softly
but the hunger lasts, at least
we have colors to play with,
coax them with our red mouths.

--Robert Kelly

27 January 2018
for Ashley Garrett