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Reaping We Wonder

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 20, 2011

Reaping We Wonder

By Lucretia Penny

Could it be broccoli? Is it a beet?
Tomato? Potato. Irish or sweet?
Could it be maybe a roasting ear?
Bring out the botany and catalogs, dear.
Asparagus? Leeks? Cress as in creeks?
At long last we’re reaping the thing we have sown.
Could it be squash? An artichoke cone?
Spinach? kraut? the Brussels sprout?
But we raised it! It’s ours. We’d better find out!

(1946)



3 Comments »

  1. What a great poem! I can just imagine a family huddled around an unknown plant.

    Comment by HokieKate — October 20, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  2. That was great. Thanks for a late-night smirk.

    Comment by David Y. — October 21, 2011 @ 12:02 am

  3. I wonder if we’ll ever hear President Monson recite this one in Conference.

    Comment by Stan — October 23, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

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