Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Z is for ZZZZZ and ZUCHINI #AtoZ Challenge

If you are here for the progressive poem - click here to get there!
This month has been lots of fun.  I don't know what NEXT April will be like.  There are not many vanity plates in PA at all.  Maybe road names...those are interesting here!  Guess you will have to check back in April, but hope you will check back before that!

Z is for ZZZZZ and Zuchini...

Sleeping Zucchini

Zucchini seeds slept in the garden
Planted in early spring.
Zucchini seeds dozed in the warm soil
Heard the robins sing.
Zucchini seeds yawned venturing a root down
into the warming dirt.
Zucchini seeds stretched their seed leaves
unfolding green and pert.
Zucchini plants spread from here to there
awake and doing fine.
Zucchini plants grew gold blossoms
and twisted round and twined.
Zucchini fruit (or vegetable?) grew
sleeping in the field.
We got more unteeny zucchini
than one garden should ever yield.
Next year there'll be no zucchini;
it's too much a garden boss.
Forget "fake-sleeping" zucchinis -
I think I'll plant some moss.

By Donna JT Smith ©2019

Special thanks to Red, for using my "license plate" prompt to write your Z post today!  Head over to Doesn't Speak Klingon to read the short story for Z.

I'll be back soon with more poems, just not AtoZ Challenge.  April is over...on to May!


  1. I loved the twist ending! haha!
    Finally found a way to use your prompt suggestion! Hope you can come check out my Z post!
    Doesn't Speak Klingon

    1. Zucchini and tomato plants can do outrageous growing. Surprised we did not just dub them weeds! So, so, too, too many! I haven't gardened for years, but I still remember.

  2. As far as I am concerned, zucchini IS a weed! I dislike (that is putting it mildly) all summer squash! I grow winter squash, and use it all like I would pumpkin (which is a winter squash). Pies, cookies, muffins, bread, etc.
    Nice poem about the dangers of planting zucchini. My brother used to grow it and wait until it was much to large, then give it to my parents. It was inedible. Make that more inedible than usual!
    And, no, it won't help to say, "You just need a good recipe!")
    I'm off to read Red's Z now...

    1. We had some cleverly deep fried zucchini once that was very good, but in general I can take it or leave it. It's kind of a non-food to me.

  3. I've never managed to grow too much zucchini, myself. I like it, and it never does more than moderately well in my garden. Oh well - no ones ever satisfied, eh?
    Congratulations on reaching Z!
    Black and White: Z is for Ziz

    1. Zucchini and tomatoes...it's either feast or famine with them.

  4. When I had my garden, I loved making and eating zucchini bread warm with melted butter. Also canned the tomatoes. Now I look back and wonder how all the energy from those days so completely dissipated. Now I welcome moss. Thanks for all your entertaining posts through April.

    Z is for Zulu Warrior in Belgium?

    1. Yes, I agree that buttered warm zucchini bread is pretty okay. I have a gluten allergy now, so I haven't experimented with many alternatives in the bread-type recipes. Moss is always nice.
      I still have to get around to more AtoZ to finish up. It's been a chock-full month! Thanks for visiting!

  5. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! Your posts were particularly enjoyable!

    1. Thanks, John. I need to get back to your posts and get a few more visits in!

  6. Phew, we made it. I can't believe how well you did with the license plates and amazing poetry. Now, time to get out and get some riding in!! ;)

    DB McNicol, author
    A to Z Microfiction: Zebra
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