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The celery is coming through the auction these days, along with an abundance of other early summer produce. All of the vegetables in my garden are growing fast with the recent rain and warm days! So here’s a short poem about this time of year.



The celery has all been

polished by the night rain

here in this garden patch of parallels —

stalks, legs, measurements of growth.


We are extending these days,

you to the leaf crown at your head,

I to the people I will become.

A case of chosen kinship.


Molly Sowash is a national service AmeriCorps member with Rural Action‘s Sustainable Agriculture team. You’ll find her at the Chesterhill Produce Auction loading produce, checking customers out, or making friends with the livestock. She studied Creative Writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and lived in Minneapolis for three years before returning to her roots in Ohio.


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