Our First-Ever Poem

We’re publishing our first poem in this travel issue, and it’s by an 8-year-old in Brooklyn, no less.

MAXINE

Maxine’s interpretation of a visit to the Union Square Greenmarket.

Editor’s note: Our upcoming travel issue features several firsts including a coloring book page, my editor’s letter and a poem. Maxine, a fellow Brooklynite, wrote to us from her mother’s email address earlier this summer:  

My name is Maxine and I am in 3rd Grade in Brooklyn. I love food and I love to write poetry. I wrote this poem after a visit to the Union Square Farmers Market. Please consider publishing it in your magazine!

Unlike many of the pitches I receive, there was no question. I replied requesting that she illustrate it too, and thanks to her supportive and enthusiastic mom (you’re awesome, Heather!), we’re honored to share Maxine’s print debut: 

Farmer’s Market
By: Maxine (age 8)

The meat it steams in the air.
The veggies dance in the sweet blues.
Flowers bloom here and there.
For there is no happiness like mine, for I have been eating poetry!

As inspired by Maxine’s poem as we are? Want to pitch us an equally creative idea? Write to us at [email protected]

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Ariel Lauren Wilson

Lauren grew up on her family's farm in the North Carolina mountains. She now lives in New York and is the editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn.