Saturday, February 6, 2010

"No animals were harmed..."

No animals were harmed in the making of this joyful noise:
A thick, twisted stem from the garden
is the wedding couple's ceremonial ram's horn.
Its substance will not survive one thousand years,
nor will the garden, which is today their temple,
nor will their names, nor their union now announced
with ritual blasts upon the zucchini shofar.

From "Zucchini Shofar" by Sarah Lindsay

Illustration by Martin van Maele from L'Histoire comique de Francion, 1925.


Alyssa said...

That's so funny -- I've been pulling together readings for a friend's wedding and just came across that poem.

Do you think it's really possible to make a shofar sound on a zuchinni?

BitterGrace said...

I think it's a very good poem. Dunno if you can make a shofar out of a zucchini, but the word "shofar" drew a spam comment from some site that teaches people how to sound one. It cracked me up. I thought about leaving it, but decided that was sort of disrespectful...