Still Water Prose Poems

Copyright @ 1989 by Arthur Garfunkel
ISBN 0-525-24795-5
Used by persmission of Author - All Rights Reserved


Then I'll
Change my look to butterscotch,
to russet, roan, and apricot;
And tie a chequered ascot shot
with gold and auburn thread;

I'll wear a terra-cotta tan;
and carrottopped and gingery—
A toasted almond man—I'll be
in ocher in my head.

Not brown, but burnt sienna suede—
my winter coat, the warm-up kind—
Not down, but plainly made and lined
with ironrust instead;

And I'll not come too close to red,
but stay the orange side and think
that once I read Pink
Beauty in her blushing cheek
and now she's dead.

Les Arcs, FranceDecember 1983