Friday, July 18, 2008

Capacious Project - Nina Berkhout

Nina Berkhout is the author of Pas de Deux, This Way the Road, and Letters from Deadman's Cay.

What do you carry?

On grey days, wet days
when light scatters
beneath beer bottles
and the compost bin –

when I arrive to work soaked,
mascara sketching cheap streaks
under my eyes –

I look into my goodwill purse
of brown leather, worn and heavy.
The purse is tired. So am I.

Half-empty, carrying
a simple thought deep
in our seams:

we will die

never having owned
a decent umbrella
through all these cities of rain.

Eadweard Muybridge
[Woman Opening Parasol], 1883 - 1886, printed 1887