Beauty Supply

Lee Ann Brown

 
Sheaves of wheat in cement relief
Supply the beauties of Archer Ave.

Past the scaffolded brick church spire
We turn on the vacant corner lot

Through winds worthy of Hopkins (Gerard M.)
New words — Alexus — Everything must go

“Include everything in poetry”
Even the things you think are nothing

Like the way the new white snowflake
Decoration waves its wild tentacles
     against the high blue sky

    loop and angle
Black graffiti palimpsests the
    yellow official sign of Danger
in bus stairwell

She stares at me unsmiling
    with cold Northface
Notices me writing but says nothing
    with her eye

The corner lot I used to chart or cheat in its ‘vacancies’
Configures new blown trash and walk through paths

Subjected to random search

Has grown a mouth of gravel
Constructed in a cone
Surrounded by temporary fence
    Of blue nailed board

Now on Roti Avenue
Cutlery & Wang Quai

Amalgam of chairs,
Jamaica Island Center
 
Copyright © 2013 by Lee Ann Brown. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on October 18, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.

Poems by This Author

Sustain Petal by Lee Ann Brown
Come on, you who remembers your dreams


Further Reading

Poems about Beauty
Endymion, Book I, [A thing of beauty is a joy for ever]
by John Keats
Muse & Drudge [just as I am I come]
by Harryette Mullen
Couture
by Mark Doty
Design for a Silver Box in the Shape of a Melon, 1918
by Jonathan Thirkield
Faults
by Sara Teasdale
It's obvious
by Greg Hewett
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
by Anne Sexton
The Part of the Bee's Body Embedded in the Flesh
by Carol Frost
The Poster Girl’s Defence
by Carolyn Wells
Trees Need Not Walk the Earth
by David Rosenthal