for Judith, Katherine, Kira, Amanda and the Gang. . .
Purple cabbage leaves edged in green.
Local onions flaking in their bags.
The last local lettuce wet dripping
down our arms. The smell of Suzanne’s herbs.
Apples from Shoreham and Waltham:
boxes taped with names:
Jonagold, Keepsake, Honeycrisp.
Carrots and potatoes from Golden Russett and Lewis Creek,
Eric and Julie’s Pumpkins and squashes in their piles,
and the local Japanese melons with just a little give.
Winter comes! Remember, remember.
Gather it up, save it all away! Resist
slatted boxes of beans from the fields of Florida–
cherry tomatoes from sterile rows as far as the eye can see,
peppers of brown river water and murky air,
apples from Africa, berries from Brazil,
oranges, oranges, oranges, oranges,
displaced papayas with their fish-eye frog-egg seeds.