Squeaky Bean


Squeaky Bean

Freshly picked and
green beans
against teeth
like windows washed
streak clean;
the freshly picking, steaming,
human being
tests each bite
like a clown’s bright horn–with
crinkled wince and laughs;
chews, shines


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26 Comments on “Squeaky Bean”

  1. Mary Says:

    I don’t know why I enjoyed this poem so much, but I did. I think because it seemed so different than the poetry I have read of yours and also because I have eaten those ‘squeaky beans’ and savored them. Nothing like them…so fresh and tasty!

  2. brian miller Says:

    smiles….picked and popped many a bean with my mom growing up….and this took me back there for a moment…

  3. Sara V Says:

    Really enjoyed this! Very lyrical and so true, those squeaky beans on your teeth–Wonderful 🙂

  4. Claudia Says:

    love this, love this, love this…honestly, could feel them squeak against my teeth…like windows washed…such a good description and my…what large beans you got…cool k.

  5. I enjoyed that very much!

  6. marousia Says:

    I remember picking beans from the garden with my Dad… you reminded me of how I used to eat them raw and only half the ones we picked would land in the pot

  7. hobgoblin2011 Says:

    Very fun. Love the way you brought such an ordinary vegetable to life here. Really great job poeticizing this. Thanks

  8. This made me smile early in the morning ~ I like the clown’s bright horn image ~

  9. Steve King Says:

    This is a great enjoyment–a true ‘small’ pleasure. There is (lyric) music to accompany this bean…..nice job.

  10. Simply wonderful. It condensed all my bean sensations in one magical moment. Brilliant job.

  11. Those squeaky beans are huge favorites here and I savor them. Folks in this area of Italy take the beans out, just picked, and put them on fresh bread drizzled with olive oil- delicious! I love the link you make to us human beans!

  12. janehewey Says:

    YES! the best. you completely bring to mind this season and the garden bursting with green beans. love the squeeeeek.

  13. hedgewitch Says:

    This is really a poem that crunches with activity and description–I am vividly reminded of eating green beans fresh from the plant–which I only did a few days ago, but with my memory–well, you know, it could have been another life. I love the squeaky feel of the words and images. And my, that is indeed a HUGE green bean.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Yes – it’s cooked though was remarkably tender still. . My daughter and her friend trained the plant up a very high pole so that a few have really been beyond reach until they became mammoth. I finally got a chair and stretched. (We don’t seem to be a ladder kind of a household.) k.

      • hedgewitch Says:

        Our cucumber vines have been like that–fortunately my husband is 6’5″. He made a lattice that is the size of a kingsize bed frame out of poles and fence. Our beans were bush type, though, so it was more the stoop and peer method of harvest. I’m really going to miss the garden when the season changes, even though the heat really knocked it back– we’ve gotten lots of good stuff this year.

  14. PJF Sayers Says:

    Great sensorial poem, k. I enjoyed it.


  15. I so want snap beans now!!!!!!!!!! I love how you noticed that they squeak on the teeth! Most people gloss over little things like that… But they do! They squeak on the teeth and that’s part of their crunchy, tasty fun… I want some now…. I like bits of them in a salad too…. yummmmmmmy…….

  16. kkkkaty Says:

    Very fun and nuanced poetry~

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