Anemoi (The four winds. After William Cowper)

The modest pea, fresh-picked or canned or split

becomes when swallowed,

orchestra to pit.


The bean, the sprout, the huddled broccoli;

all metamorphose

into a symphony.


Your cabbages, your onion & your grain –

Each have their dying fall…

That strain again!


Yet for the wittiest intestinal tune

rely on fig or

apricot or prune.