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Still Life with Grapes by J. K. Durick

Nothing escaped/escapes
the inertia of it

this oasis away
from the smirk of time

the way we decay
with our day.

This is permanent
Thursday afternoon

this slimmest moment
mentioned aloud

a bowl of fruit
a lace doily

the slant of light
and careful shadows.

Artists labor
to create such ease

struggle for years
to create such quiet.

It contradicts the eye
forgets other evidence

feigns this conclusion
a wistful  summary.

Where are his angels
and domestic demons?

His few acquaintances
and  many creditors?

Where are his fidget and fret?
The gospel and gossip?

The taint on the grapes?
The tarnish eating the bowl?


J. K. Durick is a writing teacher at the Community College of Vermont and an online writing tutor. His recent poems have appeared in Write RoomMadswirlThird Wednesday, and Up the River.


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