Issue 13

Autumn 2014



Take this in – the glowing fullness,
saturated reds and blues,
velvet and marble,
the rare and precious.            

Consider the world inside each frame –
fat globes of grapes enormous, perfect;
wet slit of coral-colored melon;
hams and lobsters; lemon rind curled

off the table’s thick draped edge;
unblemished flowers out of season;
gleaming chargers tipped under the weight  
of oysters nearly slipping from

their shells. The bounty astounds,
spills out its lesson at your feet:
not the heaped-up treasure, no,
but the fearless savoring.


Ellen Steinbaum