The Lettuce

Carrie Jones
2 min readFeb 7, 2022

Hi! This is a poem I shared pretty recently on here, but it’s the one I ended up recording.

This year (2022), I’ve decided to share a poem on my blog and podcast and read it aloud once a week. It’s all a part of my quest to be brave and apparently the things that I’m scared about still include:

  1. My spoken voice
  2. My raw poems.

I talk about that more in an old anthology I co-edited called DEAR BULLY.

Anyway, thanks for being here with me and cheering me on and I hope that you can become braver this year, too!

https://episodes.castos.com/dogsaresmarterthanpeople/4897008d-00a4-448f-bfef-27a7afc63d65-The-Lettuce.mp3

The Lettuce Again this summer 
I've forgotten to harvest
the lettuce that we planted
when the ground was barely workable,
warm enough to support the tenderness
of seedlings, brown, pale, and white,
barely opening to the world, the air, the sun.
We are still human, he tells me,
even though I think that we may be losing
whatever it is that makes humans human?
Humanity seems a fickle word
now that pundits use it
to talk about the unfurling of threats,
bombs, lies. The lettuce, when you forget
to harvest, shoots up like it's trying
to reach the sky, but it rots
from the outside and in towards the core,
slowly taking over the joy
of green, crisp leaves.
We are like this. Everything greens and grows
and rots when we aren't looking.
Democracies, romaine, bibb, souls, humanities.
How can I forget to harvest the lettuce?
Why do we plant it at all?

Hey, thanks for listening to Carrie Does Poems. These podcasts and more writing tips are at my website, carriejonesbooks.blog. There’s also a donation button there. Even a dollar inspires a happy dance in Carrie, so thank you for your support. The music you hear is made available through the creative commons and it’s a bit of a shortened track from the fantastic Eric Van der Westen and the track is called “A Feather” and off the album The Crown Lobster Trilogy.

While Carrie only posts poems weekly here, she has them (in written form) almost every weekday over on Medium. You should check it out!

https://freemusicarchive.org/music/eric-van-der-westen/the-crown-lobster-trilogy-selection

Originally published at https://carriejonesbooks.blog on February 7, 2022.

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Carrie Jones

Internationally & New York Times bestselling novelist. Writing tips. Podcasts. Poems. Psych stuff. www.carriejonesbooks.blog