Wild Cucumber (Manisroot)

by Leonard M Hawkes

Up-canyon in season
All green is leather--
Glossy and thick.
Only sewer-nourished
Manis remains turgid,
Lacy, and fine.

Companions all now
Tissue brown leaves,
Shriveled strings
Hung wrinkly with
Two-inch prickly melons.

Perhaps harsh island drought
Justifies gray-water
Refreshment, stimulation,
And over-extended roots.


Author's Note: Catalina poem

Posted on 04/22/2009
Copyright © 2024 Leonard M Hawkes

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