Seed Catalogue to Farmstand

06 Mar 2019 | 12:58

    This one stores well

    You could be eating cucumbers on Christmas

    Germination is slow and sparse



    This tastes more like a cucumber than a cucumber

    You have thirty-seven minutes from maturity to rot



    This plant is prolific

    You will have more cucumbers than you will have meals

    over the course of your entire lifetime

    They taste like hot sulfur water



    You will point to the round yellow ones and ask

    ‘What do you do with that?’

    I will smile

    while I think ‘It’s a cucumber,

    What do you want to do with a cucumber?’



    If I made a sign that says

    ‘Great in Salad’

    You will pay double and buy twice as much



    And maybe they will never leave your fridge

    or they will be discarded garnish on the plates

    at your next dinner party, a topic of conversation

    Or maybe you will eat the cucumber



    And maybe I will pay my bills

    Or maybe I won’t

    All that matters to me is that you

    Eat the cucumber

    So maybe I will just give it to you

    to try

    Or maybe I will slice it and hand the slice to you

    and watch you push it through your lips,

    Free of charge



    Jesse Clark, Vernon NJ

    This poem was written during a Milkweed poetry workshop where writers are challenged to write a poem in 15 minutes.