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Oh, Kale

November 29, 1996

As I was cutting up some beautiful leaves of kale the other day,I was inspired to write this little poem. I thought your readersmight enjoy it, too.

IN PRAISE OF KALE

Kale is the queen of vegetables,

elegant and baroque,

curly or curvy leaves,

dark and heavy,

dense with nutrition,

a master food.

Steamed and drizzled with olive oil

or mingled with mashed potatoes and leeks,

the succulent bite, understated and woodsy,

compensates the body and overcomes the guilt

of plates of holiday junk food.

SUSAN SELF

La Jolla

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