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Apropos poem

'Tis the season. I was reminded of this today. Do you guys know this one?

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.Poems b


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 17th, 2015 07:14 pm (UTC)
No, that was new to me; thanks.
Aug. 17th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
The image of desperate people sticking them into mailboxes has stuck with me for years! It would make you mad, when you have too many of your own, and you are innocently expecting your light bill and bam! Zucchini...
Aug. 18th, 2015 07:45 am (UTC)
Heh heh, yes :-)
Aug. 22nd, 2015 09:20 am (UTC)
You have mailboxes on stalks, don't you, not slits in the door. Which makes it a bit less odd than I first thought but a bit less funny :-)
Aug. 22nd, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yes I was picturing the stalks kind-- but your kind makes it much better!
Aug. 17th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of Garrison Keeler talking about the tomato crop in Lake Woebegone!
I love courgettes/zuccini, and am sending you my favourite 'use up too many courgettes' recipe.
Sorry about my rubbish computer skills. :)
Aug. 17th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
I like the word courgette. It sounds like courage. Zucchini is the word I use for the things, but it sounds like uncomfortable shoes. 'Lace up your zucchini, time to leave for the dentist.'

The recipe looks delicious. I will try it soon.
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