Mary Walker Graham (Boston, USA): "Bright People"

Bright people, they say, start in the cucumber's middle,

      there; I love the fragrance. Some say snakes

smell that way, and so I like to think of it (two things at once); first,

a snake's hot skin in August, under the tomato tendrils;
second, walking through the woods alone, alert for the smell
of cucumbers...

...oblate seeds that slide out from under the knife, or spooned and blithely massed
on the edges of the cutting board...

    I begin with skin; this one's green, yellow-mottled,
void of wax. I did not get it at the grocery store.

    If I started (brightly) in the middle,
I'd have to worm my way out.

c. Mary Walker Graham 2008