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A Salad Song

Poetry - Second Place

By Brenda Barrie | Posted 10/20/1999

There's a salad in my kitchen,

daisy greens

and black-eyed Susan

stems and leaves,

looking as delicious

as any tossed for a dinner, while

the carrot tops are as beautiful

as the Queen Anne's Lace,

wild or tamed for the cooking pot,

and the snap of dahlia stems in hand

is as dripping-juice-fresh to the ear

as any hothouse asparagus

or pricey snow peas.

I peer into the artichoke,

looking for a center

sweet and fragrant as the

mystic middle of peony or rose,

thinking that all of this,

whether broccoli

or bud of some exotic flower,

feeds the same appetite,

sings the same song.

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