Pumpkin 2002 Half Moon Bay


Half Moons on the Bay
The sumo wrestlers of vegetables
Sat on the beds
Of the pickup trucks
One or two concealed in vans
And U-haul trailers
Guarded by proud parents
Socializing
Discussing
The role of genetics
Water
And fertilizer
In pregnancies that all began around May.

Pumpkin colors ranged
From orange to pink
Grey to green
Those professionally raised
With water-bottles attached to their stems

Turn by turn
The forklifts came by
And burly men
Wrestled sumo vegetables
Onto the five ton scales
Some taking eight men to slide

Banters about wives
Beating husbands
Were popular
But the emotional winner
Seemed about ten
Sitting on top of his 860 pounder
Raising his arms to the sky
Bringing a smile to all

1173
was the magic number
for sumo cum laude
and we all went home
leaving behind
gourds
large enough to sail
or attach motors
wondering about
steroids
and depleted uranium ballast

October 14, 2002