At school

we studied pistils and stamens

not plants in our lives:

that black and green pepper are not related

that peppermint and catnip are mints

that pepper squash is indigenous to North America

that a peck of pickled peppers will last a year.

©2017 Ontheland

A response to Kim’s invitation to write a quadrille including ‘pepper’ for dVerse Quadrille Monday, held every second week.  The challenge is to use the theme word in a poem exactly 44 words long.

31 thoughts on “Gaps

    1. That sounds like a refreshing idea. I imagine some schools today are more hands on than they were when I was a child. And now some have school gardens where children can learn about how vegetables and other plants grow.

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  1. I love the way detailed, serious study moves quickly to exuberance in your Quadrille, Janice, and the innocent wonder at the variety of plants – and the way you included ‘a peck of pickled peppers’!

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    1. That’s a good question 🙂 Actually I learned an interesting thing about Peter. He and his pickled peppers riddle are part of a book called ‘PETER PIPER’S PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES OF PLAIN


  2. Great take on the prompt, Janice! Funny, the lesson we had on plants in Biology was my least favorite of the entire year. If the information could’ve been more useful in the real world maybe. I think I just learned more from your delightful poem.

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  3. It’s sad how ‘school’ misses many opportunities to teach about ‘plants in our lives’. I read about some revolutionary ideas in the school system of having a garden in the school yard where children get to experience gardening first hand and cooking their own food.

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