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Do you know this one?

That time of year again.

Attack of the Squash People

And thus the people every year
in the valley of humid July
did sacrifice themselves
to the long green phallic god
and eat and eat and eat.
They're coming, they're on us,
the long striped gourds, the silky
babies, the hairy adolescents,
the lumpy vast adults
like the trunks of green elephants.
Recite fifty zucchini recipes!

Zucchini tempura; creamed soup;
sauté with olive oil and cumin,
tomatoes, onion; frittata;
casserole of lamb; baked
topped with cheese; marinated;
stuffed; stewed; driven
through the heart like a stake.

Get rid of old friends: they too
have gardens and full trunks.
Look for newcomers: befriend
them in the post office, unload
on them and run. Stop tourists
in the street. Take truckloads
to Boston. Give to your Red Cross.
Beg on the highway: please
take my zucchini, I have a crippled
mother at home with heartburn.

Sneak out before dawn to drop
them in other people's gardens,
in baby buggies at churchdoors.
Shot, smuggling zucchini into
mailboxes, a federal offense.

With a suave reptilian glitter
you bask among your raspy
fronds sudden and huge as
alligators. You give and give
too much, like summer days
limp with heat, thunderstorms
bursting their bags on our heads,
as we salt and freeze and pickle
for the too little to come.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 30th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this!! I have a picture of my son at about age three with a green (baseball bat) zucchini that's almost as big as he is!!

Hubby just read a recipe in which you shred zucchini and use it with noodles, sauce and cheese in a lasagna-type casserole. I also cut and fry small ones, along with small summer squash and sliced onions.
Aug. 30th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
And it is so true-- if you plant to many you are stuck, they are as bad as tomatoes!
Aug. 31st, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
I don't mind tomatoes so much; I cook them down to pasta sauce after I've had my fill in salads.
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