Those tenacious tendrils

Squash plants: how the tendrils cling
fiercely to the nearest thing

persistently insinuating
yet with the merest touch.

Climbing up the chain link fence
their daintiness is all pretense

the weight they hold – it makes no sense!
They’re strong as Jean Valjean.

Melons, gourds, meaty orange Hubbards
will soon be resting in our cupboards

that is, if we can move those mothers:
those tenacious tendrils.


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