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MAN EATING

by Jane Kenyon

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Also by Jane Kenyon:
Two Poems:
Drawing From the Past and Surprise (1996)

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The man at the table across from mine
is eating yogurt. His eyes, following
the progress of the spoon, cross briefly
each time it nears his face. Time,

and the world with all its principalities,
might come to an end as prophesied
by the Apostle John, but what about
this man, so completely present

to the little carton with its cool,
sweet food, which has caused no animal
to suffer, and which he is eating
with a pearl-white plastic spoon.




Jane Kenyon died in April, 1995. Her collection Otherwise: New and Selected Poems was published in the spring of 1996. Her other books include The Boat of Quiet Hours (1986), Let Evening Come (1990), and Constance (1993).


Copyright © 1994 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; April 1994; Man Eating; Volume 273, No. 4; page 90.

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