Tuesday, September 28, 2010


"Friend of Colby" Vinny Nasso likes calligraphy (and is quite the talent as you can see). The poem is by fellow Michigander Philip Levine:

The Simple Truth

I bought a dollar and a half's worth of small red potatoes,
took them home, boiled them in their jackets
and ate them for dinner with a little butter and salt.
Then I walked through the dried fields
on the edge of town. In middle June the light
hung on in the dark furrows at my feet,
and in the mountain oaks overhead the birds
were gathering for the night, the jays and mockers
squawking back and forth, the finches still darting
into the dusty light. The woman who sold me
the potatoes was from Poland; she was someone
out of my childhood in a pink spangled sweater and sunglasses
praising the perfection of all her fruits and vegetables
at the road-side stand and urging me to taste
even the pale, raw sweet corn trucked all the way,
she swore, from New Jersey. "Eat, eat" she said,
"Even if you don't I'll say you did."
Some things
you know all your life. They are so simple and true
they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme,
they must be laid on the table beside the salt shaker,
the glass of water, the absence of light gathering
in the shadows of picture frames, they must be
naked and alone, they must stand for themselves.
My friend Henri and I arrived at this together in 1965
before I went away, before he began to kill himself,
and the two of us to betray our love. Can you taste
what I'm saying? It is onions or potatoes, a pinch
of simple salt, the wealth of melting butter, it is obvious,
it stays in the back of your throat like a truth
you never uttered because the time was always wrong,
it stays there for the rest of your life, unspoken,
made of that dirt we call earth, the metal we call salt,
in a form we have no words for, and you live on it.


  1. Very Hot! Very PILLOW BOOK! (minus the very sad ending of same...)

  2. Damn, this is hot.

    You really are too awesome.

    And the poem is moving.

  3. She definately is very talented but then again she had an awesome canvas to work on.

  4. You are adorable. I always like to watch you.

  5. beautiful poem and artwork.

  6. Holy cow, this is brilliant! I love it!

  7. Genial me parece increíble la nitidez de la caligrafía, bueno con tremendo lienzo quien no!!