Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)
TITLE: Eat Your Vegetable
By Beth LaBuff
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"The planet that glows red
And can be seen between our rings
Is Mars," the pamphlet said.
"It's orbited by two small moons—"
'Twas given as the reason,
"The moons have gravitational pull
And cause the Martian seasons."
"At birth, the Martian child is born
A bright cerulean blue.
They slowly turn to olive green
Before the age of two.
The cause of this anomaly
Of color pigmentation—
It's widely held their diet is
The source of alteration."
"Each Martian owns two items
That they carry in a pack.
The one, a burnished whistle,
And the one – an almanac.
These items are significant
And utilized each day,
For one they read religiously
And one keeps bugs at bay."
"It is believed they're herbivores,
The only food they eat—
A vegetable, a dark red orb,
The one we call, 'a beet'.
Their almanac advises when
Their growing season starts.
It uses complex formulae
And complicated charts—"
"'When Earth is in the evening sky,
And Neptune joins the stars,
Then grab the seeds you Martian beings—
It's time to plant on Mars.
Plant seeds apart, a whistles-width',"
Per almanac advisor,
"'Then sprinkle sugar in the row—
A standard fertilizer'."
"Then every Martian, small and great
Will sit out in the rows
And blow their burnished whistles
While the little seedlings grow.
As long as whistles blow, it's thought,
The plants will be bug-free,
They have no need of pesticides—
They're grown organically."
"And while they whistle, they consult
Their almanac's advice
On when to pick the vegetable
And ways it can be sliced.
The almanac tells Martians, then,
To gather for this reason,
'You now may eat your vegetable'—
Thus starts their second season."
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