First Zucchini

Today I spied our first zucchini
which has followed its saffron flower
like a compliant stud swelling in shade
within a forest of coarse stubbled stems
under a tent of broad leaves
green as the second color of Christmas
a nativity here of the first order
all six inches of it looking to a future of sacrifice
in a sauté mingled with garlic and onions
growing now in nature’s nest
at the whim of god,
for want of a satisfying
rational explanation
by Jim Culleny
July 4th, 2010

Last Zucchini

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