Friday, June 30, 2023

july 2023


Crookneck Squash Grows in Texas...

I’ve been in Toronto
Since 1976
And I no longer
Live without tacos
Or okra.
For about 10 years
I could even get
Gebhardt’s Chili Quik
At Kensington Market…
But since that ended
The internet provided me
With a recipe I can make
For myself.
I even have places to get
Mexican chorizo
And real corn tortillas…
Even masa harina
Should I want to make my own
Using my cute red tortilla press.
And I can even get Texas-style BBQ
Delivered to my door!

But one of the things I
Continue to miss is
Yellow crookneck squash.
Like these that Phoebe’s sister Sally
Still grows at her
East Texas home.
These blossoms will very soon
Erupt into buttery yellow goodness
Like this


My mum used to slice them
And steam them
And serve them with a bit
Of freshly squeezed lime juice.

One day in 1962
I played with my food…
Sketching what became
This cast sterling silver pendant.

Oh, Toronto…
Please tell me where I can get
Me some yellow crookneck squash.

If this isn't nice, what is?

              ~ Kurt Vonnegut, of course