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Dark Plastic Spoon: poem by Joseph Teti

Abstract, layers of shiny, tumbled shapes, warm colors, green, yellow, red, image by edith lüthi, on Pixabay, modified.

image by edith lüthi, on Pixabay, modified

Description of a dark plastic spoon.

I drew a plastic spoon to myself

directly from its housing, at lunch,

and held it in the palm of my hand,

bringing it to the place I prepared:

the library, with books all around.

I laid it prostrate out in the dust

of the gray table, marking how the

fluorescent lights were stretching, and bent

far to infinity in its form.

I called it up for a second time,

and held its back-side to me, out-faced,

marking again, how it gathered there

the whole wide room in its countenance—

much larger than itself; and I saw

my own reflection dimly as in

a mirror. As it dragged closer, I

beheld more of the room, and less self.

So I surveyed my kingdom with it.

My face, the image there, and the room,

I was amazed, and turned it once more,

and marked how it could invert the whole

precisely upside-down in its face.

Now as I gaze on it a third time,

despite distortions, dimness, and smudge,

I mark how full its cup is (of air).

Ingenious, never-emptying thing—

mark, how it overflows with all else!


Joseph Teti is an emerging poet from Hyattsville, Maryland. He is a graduate

of Hillsdale College, and a fierce defender of Platonism and Romanticism. His

poetry has appeared in Solid Food Press, Foreshadow, and Faith on Every Corner.

October 2023 Issue

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