On Gifts For Grace

Bernadette Mayer

 
I saw a great teapot
I wanted to get you this stupendous
100% cotton royal blue and black checked shirt,
There was a red and black striped one too
Then I saw these boots at a place called Chuckles
They laced up to about two inches above your ankles
All leather and in red, black or purple
It was hard to have no money today
I won't even speak about the possible flowers and kinds of lingerie
All linen and silk with not-yet-perfumed laces
Brilliant enough for any of the Graces
Full of luxury, grace notes, prosperousness and charm
But I can only praise you with this poem—
Its being is the same as the meaning of your name
 
Copyright © 2005 by Bernadette Mayer. From Scarlet Tanager. Reprinted with permission of New Directions Publishing.

Poems by This Author

First Turn to Me... by Bernadette Mayer
First turn to me after a shower
Kristin's Dream In November by Bernadette Mayer
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Midwinter Day [Excerpt] by Bernadette Mayer
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Ode on Periods by Bernadette Mayer
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Poem [song birds take a bath in our elephant pool] by Bernadette Mayer
song birds take a bath in our elephant pool
Video: "Eve of Easter" on Public Access Poetry by Bernadette Mayer


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