Drums of Morning
Does it seem ridiculous to you to find beauty in carrots? Remember, then, that famous artists have made memorable paintings of vegetables, pictures of cans of soup and that, for color value, few things are more lovely than an ordinary vegetable stand, with its bright and varied hues of green, orange, purple, white, yellow and red. Elizabeth Coatsworth’s poem, included in Henry Neumann’s collection of poems, Drums of Morning, show you what fascinating experiences can await you even in the commonplace routine of marketing.
To think I once saw grocery shops
With but a casual eye
And fingered figs and apricots
As one who came to buy.
To think I never dreamed of how
Bananas sway in rain,
And often looked at oranges
But never thought of Spain.
And in those wasted days I saw
No sails above the tea,
For grocery shops were grocery shops–
Not hemispheres to me.
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