Another Litter

In summer, zucchini multiply
like large litters of puppies
and grow as quickly.
Snap one off the stalk
and the white milk sap oozes like dew.
What funny nurslings,
suddenly so large
I cannot contain them in my arms.
Loading them into a carton,
I carry bulging boxes
to the soup kitchen.
In the carton,
zucchinis jostle and shift
like litter mates
arching their curved necks
as if to wrestle.

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