The “Five Senses” prompt is the perfect opportunity for me to share some of my favorite poems with all of you!

The first poem I want to share is by the 20th century American poet Denise Levertov (1923-1997). Every time I read it, I get inspired all over again about writing and about living life fully.

This poem is probably best enjoyed when read aloud, while feasting on your favorite fruits!

O Taste and See by Denise Levertov

The world is
not with us enough
O taste and see

the subway Bible poster said,
meaning The Lord, meaning
if anything all that lives
to the imagination’s tongue,

grief, mercy, language,
tangerine, weather, to
breathe them, bite,
savor, chew, swallow, transform

into our flesh our
deaths, crossing the street, plum, quince,
living in the orchard and being

hungry, and plucking
the fruit.

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    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    2 months ago

    Oh, Julie now you have inspired me to read more poetry by Denise Levertov.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    2 months ago

    Oh! I love it. Very inspiring work from Denise Levertov. Thanks for sharing, Julie.

    1 month ago

    I’m just getting around to reading and commenting on all the Five Senses entries, Julie. I really enjoyed this poem and have read it aloud several times, as you suggested. I didn’t have any fruit nearby, but I imagined an orchard and realized that all of us live in an orchard, surrounded by all we need. This poem is really inspiring.

    1 month ago

    Thank you for sharing this Julie, a poet I am not familiar with. I enjoyed this poem of Tasting all that life has to offer in all its flavours, shapes and colours and thus to fulfilment.

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