IN HONOR OF KALE
The Rev. Dana Prom Smith, S.T.D., Ph.D. (3/4/08)
Disparaged by some, used by many, kale
Is a versatile vegetable, spurned
By the uncouth, relished by the canaille,
Scots, Siberians, and Tuscans. Discerned
Sweeter than spinach, it is no fakir
Begging nutrition, beta-carotene
Aplenty, anti-oxidants inhere
In leaves, crinkled, spears, plain, red tinged, and green.
A headless cabbage with some tryptophan,
It grows in varied soil, in climates cold,
With a history antediluvian.
In chicken soups, it is as good as gold.
Ease of growth everywhere, good for health
Kale’s laden with flavors of savored wealth.
Copyright © Dana Prom Smith 2008