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One of autumn’s great rewards
Is seeing farm stands, stacked with gourds.
Orange pumpkins take their places,
Waiting for their scary faces.

Other gourds have shapes bizarre –
Who knows what the heck they are?
Speckled, stripy, curved and green,
Strangest veggies I have seen.

But my favorites at the stall
Are the tiniest of all.
They’re like pumpkins, only mini – 
Seeing them, I get all grinny.

Imagine if all elves and gnomes
Have mini pumpkins at their homes.
If so, I’ll bet their mini-swords
Make jack-o-lanterns of those gourds!

Copyright © ilene bauer

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  1. Date: 10/6/2012 5:20:00 AM
    Some gourds are inedible and grown only for decoration. One year, my late father gave a couple of these home-grown gourds to my next door neighbor. The neighbor left them on his front porch where they eventually rotted from being outside. I have occasionally seen these types of gourds sold in stores. I personally don't care for them because they look ugly. However, your poem isn't ugly. As usual, it's very good.

  1. Date: 9/29/2012 9:33:00 PM
    You have wonderful imagination ilene. Anything tiny is always so cute. My brother kept catching the tiniest little sunfish today. They were actually pretty cute. For fish. Enjoyed this quaint poem for the season.

  1. Date: 9/29/2012 1:41:00 PM
    A very charming poem Ilene. - Love oxox Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/29/2012 1:00:00 PM
    So cute! Perfect flow and couplet rhyming, and a lovely poem for the upcoming season. BRAVO Ilene!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 9/29/2012 12:18:00 PM
    Sweet! I live in the country and right now it's pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Once grew one 5 feet in circumference! Loved your autumn write... big hugs, Jack