Kenneth Rexroth

(December 22, 1905 – June 6, 1982 / South Bend, Indiana)

Vitamins And Roughage - Poem by Kenneth Rexroth

Strong ankled, sun burned, almost naked,
The daughters of California
Educate reluctant humanists;
Drive into their skulls with tennis balls
The unhappy realization
That nature is still stronger than man.
The special Hellenic privilege
Of the special intellect seeps out
At last in this irrigated soil.
Sweat of athletes and juice of lovers
Are stronger than Socrates’ hemlock;
And the games of scrupulous Euclid
Vanish in the gymnopaedia.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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