Lay for the Day 15th
Two of 20th-century Americas finest artists were born on this day
in 1887: the painter Georgia OKeefe and the poet Marianne Moore.
They would both magnify small wonders, the one with her gigantic flowers
and shells, the other with her elaborate and eclectic poems about creatures
such as Fish and To a Snail.
the book of Praises:
Of a Snail
The upper horns are extended
like expressions of pure longing,
optic fingers. The lower are
touching, touching, tasting the way.
They arch, stretch tenderly
that drifts or trickles within reach
and as hastily withdraw in
perpetual motion. Only
the shell that follows comes
drawn cautiously on in the wake
of tranquil curiosity,
climbing a strides length overnight.
They live more quickly than
in enormously detailed worlds.
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