Happy Thanksgiving

 

 

Supermarket Produce

 

Here are the bins of apples:

Red Delicious,

Beautiful but spurious;

Sweet little Galas with their stippled pink cheeks;

And Granny Smiths,

Acerbic and firm.

 

And over here sunny Valencia oranges glow

Above golden-skinned red grapefruit,

Which ooze sugary pink juices

When you cleave their roseate flesh.

 

Here mellow pears with plump bottoms drowse

By unctuous avocados

And tough green peaches with stubborn, fuzzy chins.

 

And just across the way,

Pale, bruised mushrooms,

Fleshy and redolent of earth,

Huddle stoically in their cardboard cartons

While cerebral cauliflowers brood

Over callow scallions,

Frail lettuces lounge gracefully in ruffled skirts

Of green watered silk,

And honest cabbages and turnips

Rub shoulders with sanguine imposters

Shamelessly masquerading

As tomatoes.

 

taken from Elementa (Loosey Goosey Press, 2008) by Faith Goble

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