01 June 2009

At Least It Explains

KabochaJul08
Harvesting squash from
a Tahitian lime would
seem an odd occupation

And not without intrigue;
consider the exotic
insinuations of their origins

Limes are from Asia by
way of Mexico and Persia
all homes of fable

Kabocha are Japanese
as tempura, grown easily
from runner or seed

Shape of the squash
amazes and taste never
fails to please

Just leave them be; year
after year they will simply
re-appear without fail

But why grow in trees?
Scratching from lime thorns
clarifies that easily

You have to be crazy to
pick them; it mightn’t excuse
but at least it explains...

© 14 March 2009, I. D. Carswell