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IN THE KITCHEN.

1

Someone someone's in the kitchen

old lady someone's old finger

a design a sign old lady someone's leathery old finger that points

someone's in the kitchen with a brown-haired girl

who is wearing a gold-brown tunic over a grey-brown skirt

brown-eyed girl

brown-haired and brown-eyed

fingers of the girl in a fist around a pestle

silver mortar reflecting brown table

on the brown table broken garlic clove dried red pepper

plate of four silvery grey-brown fish four fish with four fish eyes

brown and shiny black pitcher

beside plate and pitcher

black skillet

in the skillet a silver spoon two unbroken eggs.

2

A design a sign a finger

old lady someone's old finger

that points to another finger that is pointing that is pointing up

someone's old finger doesn't point to a brown-haired girl

brown-haired and brown-eyed

fist around pestle

thumb fingers of left hand holding silver mortar still

old lady someone's leathery old finger

that points to another finger that is pointing

finger of Jesus another finger

pointing up

someone else in the kitchen with two other women

Jesus

in the kitchen with brown-haired girl with old lady someone

with Mary of Bethany and with Martha.

3

Finger old lady someone's old finger

to finger

another that is pointing that is pointing up

finger to finger

from finger to finger line of the word stretched tight a tight rope

tight rope in the kitchen with a brown-haired girl

brown-haired and brown-eyed

disinclined to move

fingers around pestle thumb fingers holding silver mortar

silver mortar reflecting brown table

one of two other women Mary of Bethany

doing the one thing

no clothes on

doing the shake on down line of the word stretched tight

on a tight rope in the kitchen.

4

Someone's in the kitchen with a brown-haired girl

old lady someone's finger to finger that is pointing up

from finger to finger line of the word stretched tight a tight rope

two other women in the kitchen

Mary and Martha

Mary's doing the shake on a tight rope in the kitchen

brown-haired girl disinclined

fingers around pestle holding silver mortar still on the table

garlic clove red pepper on the brown table

plate of four fish

brown and black pitcher

one of two other women Martha in a blonde wig

doing the other thing needful finger-pop in a corner of the kitchen

in a gold lame sheath

it's finger it's finger-popping time in the kitchen.

* John Taggart continues to live and garden in the country. His most recent book is When The Saints (Talisman, 1999). His reflections on that book, originally presented as a talk at the University of Chicago, will appear in Facture 3 under the title "Chicago Breakdown."
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Author:TAGGART, JOHN
Publication:Chicago Review
Article Type:Poem
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 22, 2001
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