Apples, Roses, Fire, Snow, Medlars, Chestnuts, Tangerine

apple medlar nutJacques le Moyne de Morgues (c. 1533–1588)


Snow

The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes –
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one’s hands –
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.

 

Louis MacNeice (September 1907 – September 1963)

For my mother