Treasure Island

Marge Piercy

(March 31, 1936 / Detroit, Michigan)

Winter Promises


Tomatoes rosy as perfect baby's buttocks,
eggplants glossy as waxed fenders,
purple neon flawless glistening
peppers, pole beans fecund and fast
growing as Jack's Viagra-sped stalk,
big as truck tire zinnias that mildew
will never wilt, roses weighing down
a bush never touched by black spot,
brave little fruit trees shouldering up
their spotless ornaments of glass fruit:

I lie on the couch under a blanket
of seed catalogs ordering far
too much. Sleet slides down
the windows, a wind edged
with ice knifes through every crack.
Lie to me, sweet garden-mongers:
I want to believe every promise,
to trust in five pound tomatoes
and dahlias brighter than the sun
that was eaten by frost last week.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • * Sunprincess * (5/18/2014 8:30:00 PM)

    .........love how the poetess pieced this together.... from describing the vegetables and beautiful flowers to laying on the sofa ordering from a catalog....amazing.... (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (5/18/2014 7:39:00 PM)

    Another great poem with such vivid imagery. Feel as if I'm sitting on the other end of that couch waiting fr her to throw me the finished catalog! What a talented poet! (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Audes (2/17/2010 9:32:00 PM)

    Yay for this poem that uses fruit and flowers without cliche! this one makes me smile AND sigh(and look forward to Spring) . (Report) Reply

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