Tender Buttons [A Plate]

Gertrude Stein

 

A PLATE.

An occasion for a plate, an occasional resource is in buying and how soon does washing enable a selection of the same thing neater. If the party is small a clever song is in order.

Plates and a dinner set of colored china. Pack together a string and enough with it to protect the centre, cause a considerable haste and gather more as it is cooling, collect more trembling and not any even trembling, cause a whole thing to be a church.

A sad size a size that is not sad is blue as every bit of blue is precocious. A kind of green a game in green and nothing flat nothing quite flat and more round, nothing a particular color strangely, nothing breaking the losing of no little piece.

A splendid address a really splendid address is not shown by giving a flower freely, it is not shown by a mark or by wetting.

Cut cut in white, cut in white so lately. Cut more than any other and show it. Show it in the stem and in starting and in evening coming complication.

A lamp is not the only sign of glass. The lamp and the cake are not the only sign of stone. The lamp and the cake and the cover are not the only necessity altogether.

A plan a hearty plan, a compressed disease and no coffee, not even a card or a change to incline each way, a plan that has that excess and that break is the one that shows filling.

 
From Tender Buttons (1914) by Gertrude Stein.

Poems by This Author

Tender Buttons [A Box] by Gertrude Stein
A large box is handily made of what is necessary to replace any substance
Tender Buttons [Chicken] by Gertrude Stein
Pheasant and chicken, chicken is a peculiar third
Tender Buttons [A Light in the Moon] by Gertrude Stein
A light in the moon the only light is on Sunday.
Tender Buttons [A Chair] by Gertrude Stein
A widow in a wise veil and more garments shows that shadows are even
Tender Buttons [A Little Called Pauline] by Gertrude Stein
A little called anything shows shudders
Tender Buttons [Apple] by Gertrude Stein
Apple plum, carpet steak, seed clam...
Tender Buttons [Milk] by Gertrude Stein
A white egg and a colored pan and a cabbage showing settlement, a constant increase
Tender Buttons [Objects] by Gertrude Stein
A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange
Guillaume Apollinaire by Gertrude Stein
Give known or pin ware
Stanzas in Meditation by Gertrude Stein
She may count three little daisies very well


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