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Opinion

Potatoes

Opinion poetry
Los Angeles Times readers submitted their views in verse for a feature dedicated to opinion poetry.
(Anthony Russo / For The Times )

Do you not know we connive against you?

You relegate us to cellars, remote recesses,

 

leave us to rot without air, among others uprooted —

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the stink of onions makes our eyes water.

 

We were worshipped by Incas. When Antoinette

adorned her hair with our blossoms, demand

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for us became insatiable. You think us bland lumpens?

We will rise again. Listen. Once we refused

 

to come up from the earth and brought down a nation.

We bide our time. We lurk in dark corners, multiplying

 

our eyes. Our skin thickens against you.

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We hiss and spit at your kind from the pan.

 

The author is a poet and novelist in New York City.

Read more: Opinion poetry by Times readers



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