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LISTENING TO THE GARDENby Brendan Galvin
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Look at it this way: under the brass fanfare
of their blossoms, all those zucchinis
are really incipient oompahs.
And the peavine tremolos? Middle C
rubbed out of a rhubarb stalk?
Now you're beginning to hear it: that line
Aren't the parts of these vegetables---the phloem,
Remember that morning you drove
Nevertheless, the high school band was passing,
and the frogging on jackets---cucumber vines
Copyright © 1996 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; June 1996; Listening to the Garden; Volume 277, No. 6; page 86.