page 14 of 129 of Tender Buttons

Dirt and not Copper

The only line I felt I could hang onto was “and even a strength to spread a table fuller” because I remembered my old dining room table as a kid and how hard it was to open it up to add the leaf when guests came. In fact that old table of my grandmother’s might have been nearly as old as Stein.

But the dirt? and the copper? And the places that are not empty? I have no idea.