In the Closet of the Intellect In the closet of the intellect, the plates balance; each a perfect circle exclaiming, "pi, pi, pi." Take down a fork and the trinity is explicated by the parallel tines, which would never meet even if they were extended into infinity. The salt cellar confines the essence of seawater and blood, both denatured into the exemplar of white, which contains all colors; the cut glass shaker is a prism ready to set them free. Dinner services appear and vanish from the palimpsest tablecloth, always wiped clean—though a few sums linger in the wine stain Uncle Theophile left last Thanksgiving. Such order is beautiful to contemplate, every cocktail napkin inhabiting its own space in the cupboard universe, no two objects in the same place at the same time, light striking the tumbler rims at its own particular speed. Passion must never strew its strawberry hulls here, wipe its reeking feet on the right-angled folds of damask. Only here and there a memory of love has tucked, in a corner, the juicy pit of a peach, or the burst honey balloon of a perfectly swollen ripe fig.
Cathy Thompson-Georges's Questions:
Attached is a poem in progress on which I would love some feedback.
In particular, i wonder whether the later part of the poem, when passion is introduced, fits well with the rest?
Also, any specific critiques on the choice of images and language would be greatly appreciated.
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