. Ode to the Turnip Oh, turnip! You’re a vegetable maligned, suggestive of a drunk’s empurpled nose. Baked, or boiled, or steamed, on you I’ve dined, then revelled in a peaceful night’s repose. Your sweet and nutty earthiness when cooked __belies a dull repute--- __though you’re the favourite root on which my taste buds stubbornly are hooked. Your calorific value makes you sound for folk on diets tallying their carbs. With vitamins and minerals you’re crowned the King of Veg, despite detractors’ barbs. Unsexy globe enduring temperate climes; __of all crops farmers boast __you’re more robust than most--- a bar of gold, a gem for gruelling times. . . Paul A. Freeman is the author of Rumours of Ophir, a crime novel which was taught in Zimbabwean high schools and has been translated into German. In addition to having two novels, a children’s book and an 18,000-word narrative poem (Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers!) commercially published, Paul is the author of hundreds of published short stories, poems and articles.