Luminous vegetables

In past gardens, I’ve planted rows of things–many of each plant. In this year’s garden, I limited myself: one zucchini, two eggplant, three cucumbers, five tomatoes.  I didn’t want to get overwhelmed at harvest. As it is, the productivity of these few plants is astounding. And an unexpected benefit, when you only have a few plants, the miraculous nature of each burgeoning vegetable comes into its own. I couldn’t resist making a little yin/yang symbol with these glossy eggplants. Or is it yin/yin or yang/yang?

On another note, Louis Simpson’s obituary ran in the paper yesterday, a poet I’ve never read much, but that Larry knew better than I.  This is from Louis, via Larry:

American Poetry

Whatever it is, it must have
A stomach that can digest
Rubber, coal, uranium, moons, poems.
Like the shark, it contains a shoe.
It must swim for miles through the desert
Uttering cries that are almost human.

Louis Simpson

4 thoughts on “Luminous vegetables

  1. Bling is in the eye of the beholder.
    Did you always enjoy cooking? I can’t remember, but it is a different kettle of fish when
    you are cooking for a growing family or so I imagine.
    “Like the shark, it contains a shoe.”
    That is my favorite line in Mr. Simpson’s poem (it has teeth)

  2. I think I like the last line best, but I like it. Radically accessible. I found cooking nightly for a family to be a chore. Cooking when I please for Larry and me is a pleasure.

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