V. Penelope Pelizzon

V. Penelope Pelizzon Poems

1. Clever And Poor 1/20/2003
2. The Mind Descending From Above 1/20/2003
3. To Vertumnus 1/20/2003

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Clever And Poor

She has always been clever and poor,
especially here off the Yugoslav train

on a crowded platform of dust. Clever was
her breakfast of nutmeg ground in water

in place of rationed tea. Poor was the cracked
cup, the missing bread. Clever are the six

handkerchiefs stitched to the size of a scarf
and knotted at her throat. Poor is the thin coat

patched with cloth from the pockets
she then sewed shut. Clever is the lipstick,

Petunia Pink, she rubbed with a rag on her nails.
Poor nails, blue with the cold. Posed

in a cape to hide ...

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