a new sheet of paper
for you to write on.
Whatever you want to say,
folds it up
and files it away.
The bright words and the dark words
and a new day
to write on.
How To Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam
Don't be polite.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
may run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.
You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.
For there is no core
to throw away.
Eve Merriam wrote many poetry books. One poetry book "Inner City Mother Goose" was the basis for the 1971 Broadway musical, Inner City. A link to a complete list of the books she has authored https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/eve-merriam/233579/
In 1981, she was named the winner of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.
Two Ballet Dancers by Degas 1879
Degas was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict ballet dancers. Degas is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. He was a superb draftsman and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his renditions of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. Degas's portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation.