poet Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore

Nevertheless

you've seen a strawberry
that's had a struggle; yet
was, where the fragments met,

a hedgehog or a star-
fish for the multitude
of seeds. What better food

than apple seeds - the fruit
within the fruit - locked in
like counter-curved twin

hazelnuts? Frost that kills
the little rubber-plant -
leaves of kok-sagyyz-stalks, can't

harm the roots; they still grow
in frozen ground. Once where
there was a prickley-pear -

leaf clinging to a barbed wire,
a root shot down to grow
in earth two feet below;

as carrots from mandrakes
or a ram's-horn root some-
times. Victory won't come

to me unless I go
to it; a grape tendril
ties a knot in knots till

knotted thirty times - so
the bound twig that's under-
gone and over-gone, can't stir.

The weak overcomes its
menace, the strong over-
comes itself. What is there

like fortitude! What sap
went through that little thread
to make the cherry red!

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (3/19/2018 11:26:00 PM)

    An interesting and unusual poem.
    The title word, nevertheless, never once appeared anywhere in the poem.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/19/2018 4:37:00 PM)

    The weak overcomes its menace, the strong over-comes itself. What is there like fortitude! - - Nature is chock full of these examples- yet do we see them much less heed them?

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (3/19/2018 12:49:00 PM)

    Strawberry, hazelnuts, apple seeds and carrots - an array of delicious fruits and nuts
    and the process of the root that made the 'cherry red' is beautifully conveyed by the Poetess
    Marianne Moore. Lovely poem!

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (3/19/2018 12:29:00 PM)

    Mystery of nature! No one can explain. Beautiful poem!

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (3/19/2018 3:24:00 AM)

    Thanks for the beautiful poem shared.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/19/2018 2:49:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Marianne Moore👍👍👍

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