Nevertheless

Rating: 3.5

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!

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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Bernard F. Asuncion 19 March 2018

Such a great poem by Marianne Moore??????

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Practicing Poetess 19 March 2018

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

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Susan Williams 19 March 2018

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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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 Mohapatra 19 March 2018

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

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 19 March 2018

Thanks for the beautiful poem shared.

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