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By Neil Ellman

(after Salvador Dali, 1938)

When a dish of fruit
Is not a dish of fruit
But is a face
Content to be a face
Filled with oranges
And tangerines
Persimmons and pears
Silver bells and cockle shells
A smiling dish of fruit
But not.

When a face is not
A face
But is a smiling dish
Of fruit
Content to be a face
With eyes like shells
And nose and lips
Like anybody’s
Nose and lips
But on a dish of fruit
But not.

It is an apparition
Of a dish of fruit
Or face–
It is what it is
Or not.

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