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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)

TITLE: The Zucchini Chronicles
By Emily Gibson
05/18/09


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Before the frost left the soil in April, it began innocently enough
With two-leaf seedlings labeled green and golden,
Non-descript squash plants harboring so much
Hidden potential, waiting patiently in a window sill.

Sometime in May, planted deep, two leaves become twelve
Reaching to capture sun rays between the cloudbursts
Which watered the burgeoning roots, slurped by tendrils
To become swelling vines.

By June the plants crept across the ground with vines
Reaching past the beans to greet the cucumbers,
Going where no vine has gone before
To divide and conquer, leaving no dust untouched.

July buds formed blossoms inviting bees deep
Into yellow-throated pollen pools
Thickening within days to elongated flesh:
Fecundity in action before our eyes.

The finger-like projections at first harvested
Too small, but temptation overwhelms patience;
Sauteed, grilled with garlic, superb in
Supreme simplicity.

But come back a day later: hose-like vines
Pumping into each squash, progressively inflated like
Balloon-man balloons to be twisted and transformed
But too plump, too distended, too insatiable.

It's a race to keep up with the pace of production
Eat some, give them away, leave on doorsteps like abandoned kittens,
In boxes in church lobbies, lunch rooms at work,
Food banks posting signs: No more zucchini please!

They march in formation in the garden path
As they are yanked swelling from their umbilical cords
And lined up, stacked, mysteriously multiplying
Like the brooms of the "Sorcerer's Apprentice".

After harvest frost, tossed on to the compost pile,
In a scant few months of warm decomposition,
In dead of winter, amidst steam rising, a bulging seed threatens to become
A seedling,innocent enough, poking through to the surface…

Run for your lives!


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Loren T. Lowery05/21/09
Smiling ear to ear. Love this and anyone who has ever grown zucchini will easily identify with it. Even though I know what's going to happen, every year after planting them I find myself asking the same question: why did I just do that?
Joanne Sher 05/22/09
Sooooo clever and fun! I also haven't grown zucchini, but know people who have. Enjoyed this!
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/23/09
Your word choices, combined with the humor, make this a spectacular poem.
Patricia Herchenroether05/23/09
Terrific and right on the money! I learned the hard way that you DON'T plant more than one or two. lol
Debbie Roome 05/23/09
Yes - I've grown these. So true.
Myrna Noyes05/24/09
Hee-hee! Soooooo true-to-life! :D And I love your last line!

Even knowing this, today I planted 3 hills of golden and 3 of green zucchini! My mouth is watering for them grilled with garlic, as you mentioned! :)

Myrna Noyes05/24/09
Oh, I forgot to say that I loved this image:

"hose-like vines
Pumping into each squash, progressively inflated like
Balloon-man balloons to be twisted and transformed"

Great descriptions!
Pat Guy 05/24/09
A perfect balance of Free Verse with the ease of a read. This was so enjoyable ... and so true! Just LOVED it!
Sharon Kane05/25/09
Very very witty, and some incredibly descriptive language.
Mona Purvis05/25/09
Yes, I love the mid-season when they start ending up on my doorstep, mailbox, in the car, at every gathering, etc.
Great take on the topic.
Mona
Joy Faire Stewart05/26/09
Now I know why my husband is always bring home zucchini from neighbors. This is creative, and love the humor.