Potato

There is one beauty
it knows. The rest is blindness,
earth closing around itself,
surrounded by hunger.

For a hundred days,
a thousand, it is the same
dark eye looking
inward. Thinking of light.

Remembering the pressure
of soil. The seam
of water finding its heart.
And afterward,

blossoms ringing through
stone.



Laurie Lamon is an assistant professor of English at Whitworth College, in Spokane, Washington. Her poems have recently appeared in Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, and


The Atlantic Monthly; January 2000; Potato; Volume 285, No. 1; page 72.


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