Getting even


To settle finally a musical score,

snails, slugs put to good use,


revenge for devouring marigold, 

tulip, iris, jasmine, rose,


anything else green that grows --

reprise hummed as they are plucked 

from peas, carrots, beans, vines,

dropped into buckets, carried off,


rinsed clean -- evil neighbor payback

for bad jazz blared late at night,


special invite, evening meal,

soft music, candlelight -- aperitif,


glass of Pernod, some bread, brie,

a healthy pile of escargot.

                            Timothy Pilgrim