“When we get more houses than we can live in, more cars than we can ride in, more food than we can eat ourselves, the only way of getting richer is by cutting off those who don’t have enough.” – Nelson Algren
From the Ekphrastic Poetry reading at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center on March 5, 2017. Autumn II is my reaction to the painting below, those tall, sturdy women with a Philly spin.
I call the tall redhead Ruby
her twin sisters are copper and auburn
the cousins mostly blonde and brunette,
they’re lean and slender with diverse skin
which doesn’t matter the way they band
together in the fiercest storms,
take a winter squall for example,
when the thermometer drops below zero and
wind plasters two inches of ice to their bodies,
these sturdy women shun the most frightening gusts
and sway like the Evangelical choir on Lehigh Avenue
where Dick Allen lifted one over the grandstand
planting disciples onto the field like saplings in spring.