Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Asparagus • this painting is sold

The Clean Plater

Some singers sing of ladies' eyes,
And some of ladies lips,
Refined ones praise their ladylike ways,
And course ones hymn their hips.
The Oxford Book of English Verse
Is lush with lyrics tender;
A poet, I guess, is more or less
Preoccupied with gender.
Yet I, though custom call me crude,
Prefer to sing in praise of food.
Yes, food,
Just any old kind of food.
Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
And terrapin, too, is tasty,
Lobster I freely endorse,
In pate or patty or pasty.
But there's nothing the matter with butter,
And nothing the matter with jam,
And the warmest greetings I utter
To the ham and the yam and the clam.
For they're food,
All food,
And I think very fondly of food.
Through I'm broody at times
When bothered by rhymes,
I brood
On food.
Some painters paint the sapphire sea,
And some the gathering storm.
Others portray young lambs at play,
But most, the female form.
“Twas trite in that primeval dawn
When painting got its start,
That a lady with her garments on
Is Life, but is she Art?
By undraped nymphs
I am not wooed;
I'd rather painters painted food.
Just food,
Just any old kind of food.
Go purloin a sirloin, my pet,
If you'd win a devotion incredible;
And asparagus tips vinaigrette,
Or anything else that is edible.
Bring salad or sausage or scrapple,
A berry or even a beet.
Bring an oyster, an egg, or an apple,
As long as it's something to eat.
If it's food,
It's food;
Never mind what kind of food.
When I ponder my mind
I consistently find
It is glued
On food.

Ogden Nash

If you would like to purchase this 6" x 6" oil painting on stretched canvas, please email me. This painting is priced at $100.00 plus s/h.



Thank You!


Blogger Ed Terpening said...

Nice one, although it's funny, my asparagas comes with blue rubber bands.

9:33 PM  
Blogger PaintingEachDay said...

Hmmm ... well, all I can think of is: Pink for girls, blue for boys.

As long as the taste is wonderful ... a light grilling with a little EVOO and a little sea salt and cracked pepper corns ... Mmmmm

9:47 PM  
Blogger Cooper Dragonette said...

Great Elizabeth-- Great crop in and color. I struggle with still lifes, but not with asparagus. I think I know what I'm having for dinner tomorrow night.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Helen Read said...

I love Ogden Nash ... my kids always recited his broccoli verse when we were at the grocery store buying veggies. As to this painting - also quite poetic! Wonderful!

9:46 AM  

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