Photo by Jane Sherry

I believe in turnips.

They live robustly underground, a life of volume
and girth, while above the dirt, waving

like fans over an Egyptian prince,
turnip leaves know intimately the intrigues
of garden air.

From deep tendrils prying the dark, to dark veins
coursing with sunlight, the turnip

finds form where earth
and air

are a shore.

copyright 2004

James BertolinoJames Bertolino, Poet & Planetary Visionary

James Bertolino's poetry has been published in magazines, books, and anthologies internationally for almost 40 years, from "Drool" published in 1968 to his most recent, "Pocket Animals: 60 Poems" published in 2002 by Egress Studio Press. Check out his

website to purchase his publications through Egress Studio Press and for more information and free beautiful poetry greeting cards that you can copy & print directly from his website. Read other poems James has kindly allowed us to print at Satya Center in the James Bertolino Archive.

(Photo of turnips is by Jane Sherry and the photo of James, courtesy of the poet. All poems reprinted here with the kind permission of James Bertolino.)