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Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Purple Carrot

These are lonely times.
No sweetness lingers on the tongue 

from this carrot’s purple flesh.
Still the violet disks I slice

into the soup are pleasing.
They sink like coins

that have no worth 
except that I imagine them 

on the fountain’s marble bottom.
I am four or five 

and my grandmother is showing me 
her white paper boats

folded small, pressed flat; 
she lifts them from her pocket;

they do not look like boats 
until she opens up the folds

and they hold space 
that moves with them 

across the silver water;
to where I am standing now

in my kitchen
purple carrot in my hand.

(c) 2023 Sally Bliumis-Dunn

Sally Bliumis-Dunn’s books include Echolocation (Plume/Madhat, 2018). She and her husband John share four children, Ben, Angie, Kaitlin and Fiona.

Before the 17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were purple. (source: Today I Found Out)

3 comments on “Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Purple Carrot

  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    February 8, 2023

    What a lovely poem.


  2. Jim Warburg
    February 4, 2023

    “A multi-dimensional gem which is evocative on so many levels!”


    • Vox Populi
      February 4, 2023

      Thanks, Jim. I agree. I find this layered song very evocative.


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