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    stained glass artwork of pumpkins and beets

    Poem: “Advent”

    By Matthew King

    October 21, 2023

    This poem was a finalist for Plough’s 2023 Rhina Espaillat Poetry Award.

    A pumpkin vine is far from where its roots
    first sprang into the earth. It seeks the sun,
    proceeding south as fast as it can run.
    With luck, it adventitiously re-roots
    itself when it can find the ground, re-routes
    itself in random zigzags to outrun
    the pestilence, the drooping of the sun,
    that stanch the flow from soon-abandoned roots.
    It seems as though it never has to die
    as long as it continues on its way
    away from rots that chase it from its roots,
    adventuring beneath renewing skies,
    discarding golden blossoms day by day—
    until it finds that it’s arrived, and fruits.

    stained glass artwork of pumpkins and beets

    Louis Comfort Tiffany, Pumpkin and Beets window, stained glass, 1900. Photograph by xennex.

    Contributed By MatthewKing Matthew King

    Matthew King used to teach philosophy at York University in Toronto, Canada.

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