The Mendicant’s Plea by Patricia Karamesines

800px-Waterdruppel_op_blad waterdrops on leaves public domain

If I came in the dawn, before
Your hard light and straight air,
If I brought a cup,
Would you let drop dew

From your luster onto its curve?
Not for me, mind you €”
It’s enough for my two orbs
To reflect on complexions of sky-

Eyed beads, enough for my two
Shells to dote on strands
Of silence.   But others might
Not catch the muddy logic

Of rainstorm runoff, the smoke
Of wit in some animal eye,
The lavender twinkle
Of late-blooming asters;

Might not hear your dog’s
Cackle upend evening’s
Sequence, the raven break off
Night, the raw weed bend.

If it were a plain cup,
Without artistry,
Only your look, your lights
Dabbling its surface €”

In each hemisphere of blessing
Would I bear out plenum on a mirror €”
Your ascetic bent on prodigality,
Minims stamped with Everness’s twins.


Patricia and her husband, three kids, two cats, and new puppy live at the edge of the desert in the Four Corners region of the southwestern U.S.   She has won many awards for her poetry, essays, and fiction.   She is the author of The Pictograph Murders, a mystery set in the area where she now lives.   Some of her poetry appears in the recently published landmark anthology of Mormon poetry, Fire in the Pasture. An adjunct English professor for Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah, she teaches English composition and also provides tutoring instruction.   She is the founding editor of Wilderness Interface Zone.   “The Mendicant’s Plea” was first published in Desert Voices, the Moab Poets and Writers’ literary magazine.

4 thoughts on “The Mendicant’s Plea by Patricia Karamesines”

  1. Love the focus on eyes. Especially the “smoke of wit in some animal eye.” Your words in this have a simple, wholistic power to them…I’m going to be coming back a few times to glean more.


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