Of Cabbages and ___________________

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Of course, most of us can finish that line, with the word Kings, from a couple of literary sources, including Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, and a quote from Shakespeare’s  “Richard II”.  Why has it stuck with us? The alliteration?  The absurdity of the disparity between one’s station in life and another’s?  Who knows? But as these green leaves unfold to cradle the head of a quite versatile and nutritious vegetable – though it be green – appreciation of the source of life and the artistic designs in nature’s bounty come to mind as quickly as the rhyme of Carroll. And, it certainly was a more understandable line than Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” where “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves” might put off today’s child before he’d dare to gambol in those rolling tongue syllables. Take a chance, spin a tale of opposites, of sensual nonsense, of language only you can translate…And dare to talk of green!

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