Attack of the Squash People

Recently I did a blog post on the poem entitled " My Mother Gives Me Her Recipe'" by Marge Piercy posted here. I had a blog friend Tinker suggest the one below. I laughed so hard when I read it. Now I know why I love Marge Piercy's work so well. Enjoy!

Attack of the Squash People
by Marge Piercy
And thus the people every year
in the valley of humid July
did sacrifice themselves
to the long green phallic god
and eat and eat and eat.
They're coming, they're on us,
the long striped gourds, the silky
babies, the hairy adolescents,
the lumpy vast adults
like the trunks of green elephants.
Recite fifty zucchini recipes!

Zucchini tempura; creamed soup;
sauté with olive oil and cumin,
tomatoes, onion; frittata;
casserole of lamb; baked
topped with cheese; marinated;
stuffed; stewed; driven
through the heart like a stake.

Get rid of old friends: they too
have gardens and full trunks.
Look for newcomers: befriend
them in the post office, unload
on them and run. Stop tourists
in the street. Take truckloads
to Boston. Give to your Red Cross.
Beg on the highway: please
take my zucchini, I have a crippled
mother at home with heartburn.

Sneak out before dawn to drop
them in other people's gardens,
in baby buggies at churchdoors.
Shot, smuggling zucchini into
mailboxes, a federal offense.

With a suave reptilian glitter
you bask among your raspy
fronds sudden and huge as
alligators. You give and give
too much, like summer days
limp with heat, thunderstorms
bursting their bags on our heads,
as we salt and freeze and pickle
for the too little to come.


  1. Ha! That's funny. You keep giving me good Marge Piercy poems to enjoy. Thanks!

  2. I love finding more of them! This one was a classic... we can all relate.

  3. And if for some reason your neighbor doesn't realize you are gone for a week, you might come home to find a week old bag of zucchini hanging on your front doorknob to declare to the world--"no one's home, no one's home!" And they are mushy and yucky or dried up and withered.

  4. Oh, this is hilarious! Thanks so much for introducing me to Marge Piercy's work. Wonderful!
    Your posts are always so interesting.
    We had trouble getting the green zucs to germinate this spring and ended up with only a couple of plants. It was just right! :) Also planted yellow zucs which did well, but we don't like them nearly as much. We've been feeding the neighborhood with those and yellow squash, abundant sweet corn, and now tomatoes. It's been a great veggie year overall.
    Thanks for dropping in. It's always so nice to hear from you :) Did you find the bee balm?

  5. This is funny and oh so ture. I hoep you have a wonderful school year this year

  6. I'm so glad you found it and liked it too! This poem always makes me laugh - I think I should make it a new tradition for me to read it at least once each summer. Thanks for giving me that opportunity!
    (Even though it's September, best not to leave your car unlocked - there's still zucchini out there somewhere, lol :)

  7. Katney... I think I had better stay home!
    Kerri... we didn't have a bumper crop this year either. I won't have to be tossing any in open car windows. Thanks for stopping by. I will get bee balm at a greenhouse sale in a few weeks.
    Yolanda... thanks... the school year as been great so far.
    Tinker... Thanks again for the poem. I will always lock my car. lol.

  8. I started reading from the first issue and bought from the third. I was wondering what happened as I haven't been able to find it in the book shop for ages. Sigh. It was THE BEST gaming womactive along with Mean Machines from England. A part of my youth died today finding this news! I just read online now that the mag might be coming back on Dec. 1st.


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