NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 5



Honey Glazed Baby Carrots Photo Credit    


Little girl tugs on
green leaves, astonished to find
long orange carrot

Green leaves in garden
pique curiosity, how
can a long orange
carrot be found dangling
root vegetable hid from view

True story. When Rachael was 3 or 4, Dad had a garden in the backyard. One of the vegetables he planted were carrots. Now I don’t know if they were heirloom carrots, but long orange fit for my poem. Plus to a three year old yanking on green leaves to reveal an orange carrot… I wish we got a picture of the look on her face.

She saw the green leaves and asked her dad, “What is that?”


Oh no, he wasn’t going to fool her. She knew carrots were orange. Dad told her to pull on one of them. She did and an orange carrot came out of the ground. Here is the website I used to find heirloom carrot names.

NaPoWriMo Prompt – April is a time for planting things (at least where I am, in Washington DC – you may still be waiting for spring, or well into some other season!) At any rate, I’ve recently been paging through seed catalogs, many of which feature “heirloom” seeds with fabulous names. Consider the “Old Ivory Egg” tomato, the “Ozark Razorback” or “Fast Lady” cow-pea, “Neal’s Paymaster” dent corn, or the “Tongues of Fire” bush bean. Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find something to plant in your garden! Happy writing!