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And then there were none...

Alas! The pepper plant which was,
but now it is no more.
A faded stalk of floppy leaves
lies littered on the floor.


It lasted for a month before
at last 'twas torn in two,
The last of all the pepper plants -
I shall not them renew.

Once there were ten, in pots and beds,
The deck was green with life,
They thrived, they grew, they bloomed, but then
came sorrow, storm, and strife.

In dark of night, when all was still,
crept out two mur'drous thieves;
up waterpipes, and to the roof,
they perches upon the eaves.

Across the railing, dirty paws
left muddy prints behind.
The vandals climbed down to the deck,
with food upon their.

But no, 'twas not the pepper plants,
they wished to feast upon.
They dug through dirt, some grubs to seek -
they should have tried the lawn.

They toss the pepper plants aside,
they broke them all in twain.
And one by one, the peppers died,
but still, they came again.

The very last of all of them,
was joyous in the sun.
But somewhen during last night's hours
its length of life was done.

Farewell, oh final pepper plant!
I would that you might stay!
But you have gone, I'll plant no more,
Racoons stole you away.

A gleam of hope this sad tale has,
for now the pepper's bed
lies empty of its former plants,
I'll plant some herbs instead.

Perhaps the rosemary shall work,
perhaps the basil's smell,
lemon verbena too shall try
to live their lives as well.

Comments

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haggisthesecond
Sep. 7th, 2002 12:54 pm (UTC)
brava!
innostrantsa
Sep. 7th, 2002 05:17 pm (UTC)
::showers of rose petals::

a truly inspired, yet sorrowful, tale of plant life in the modern age. my lady owlfish, i bow to thee! *applause*
owlfish
Sep. 7th, 2002 05:25 pm (UTC)
*courtseys* I thank thee for thy applause, though my heart is sore. I wish 'twere under happier circumstances.
cliosfolly
Sep. 7th, 2002 05:21 pm (UTC)
I wept to read your pepper's tale,
Its sorrowful conclusion;
For all the racoons do I wish
Hunger and confusion!
rhiannon76
Sep. 7th, 2002 10:02 pm (UTC)
genius. just... genius.
farewell, sweet pepper; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

as for your elegy: i laughed. i cried. it was better than cats!
owlfish
Sep. 8th, 2002 02:46 pm (UTC)
Re: genius. just... genius.
Thank you!

But, not to deflate the elegance of your reference, I would venture to make one small correction... the last pepper plant was not a sweet peppers, but a chile plant. There were sweet peppers, but they now, alas, are only dust... or perhaps compost.
rhiannon76
Sep. 8th, 2002 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: genius. just... genius.
the last pepper plant was not a sweet peppers, but a chile plant.

i know, i know. (or rather, i assumed, i assumed.) i toyed with writing "good night, spicy pepper," but that messed with the reference a touch further than i wanted. oh, the demanding intellectual dilemmas of ripping off famous quotations...
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