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Poetry Friday: Brazen Butternut Squash

I had a bumper crop of butternut squash this year. The vigorous vines spread over a third of my large garden and spilled out onto the lawn. When the leaves and vines died, I found 64 of the these globular gourds lounging in the sun. Here is the poem they inspired.

Β Brazen Butternut Squash

It seems I have been affronted
By brazen butternut squash
Who stripped their clothing of leaves and vines
To bask in the buff, unabashed.

Such exhibitionist pepos.
They’re nude! How lewd and how brash
To flaunt their flesh in my wholesome yard.
The nerve of these impudent squash.

Aha! But I have an angle.
These flashers make a good nosh.
I’m armed with knives and a roasting pan
To put the kibosh on the squash!

Iza Trapani- copyright 2012

What can I say? I am out of my gourd πŸ™‚

To read more poems in this week’s Poetry Friday link up please go to Laura Purdie Salas’s blog.



About the author

Iza Trapani I am a children's book author and illustrator, fan of Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss, lover of big dogs, aspiring yodeler. When not in my studio, I spend time outdoors and have climbed over many a mountain to see what I could see.

34 Responses to Poetry Friday: Brazen Butternut Squash

  1. Joanna says:

    What a fruitfully spectacular garden you have and what brazen sunbathers, those squash! You had me guffawing!

  2. Cathy Mealey says:

    I’ll never look at a butternut again without thinking: They’re nude! How lewd!

    64 – what a fabulous harvest!

  3. What an adorable poem, that really made me smile. Enjoy the squash!

  4. jama says:

    LOVED this. Brazen indeed, and decidedly delish. Your garden is a nudist colony :)!

  5. Matt Forrest says:

    Gourd job with the poem, Iza! It’s a vine piece of work.

  6. Haha–too funny! This is my favorite bit:

    They’re nude! How lewd and how brash
    To flaunt their flesh in my wholesome yard.

  7. Funny poem. Thanks for the smile. πŸ™‚

  8. Vikram Madan says:

    Oh gosh – poor squash! Farewell, taste well! πŸ™‚

    Ha-ha-ppy eating! πŸ™‚

  9. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, Iza, that was completely unexpected and hysterical! I LOVE IT! Every line is a favorite. Smiling ear to ear about those nude and lewd squash.

    I mean, really — the nerve! πŸ™‚

  10. HA! Love the kibosh-squash rhyme!!!

  11. Oh my gosh, I’m going to end up in mad giggles the next time I walk through my supermarket! I love this, Iza.

  12. Janelle says:

    Hilarious! I will never look at butternut squash the same again….

  13. You are so funny! πŸ™‚ Very clever!

  14. I’m gonna start giggling when I eat that butternut squash,BBF. And I need to giggle. You are genius! Mwah!

  15. Stasha says:

    Nude squash? How can I not be head over heal over this poem?

  16. Joyce Ray says:

    Love this poem, Iza. Everyone I know had a superb butternut season. Think of being warmed this winter with roasted butternut and apple soup!

    • Iza Trapani says:

      Thank you, Joyce! I’d like to invite all you poets over for soup πŸ™‚ Your poem gave me chills- so beautiful!

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  18. We love butternut squash. Thanks for sharing this poem, it brightened my morning.

    • Iza Trapani says:

      So you put the kibosh on the squash too, Betsy? πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked the poem. Thanks for stopping by!

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