The Feast of the Archangels is a day of special joy here at the Convent of the Sisters of Purity.
The archangels’ voices call out to us,
filling our hearts with a drive to achieve.
It is on this day that we complete our wonderful candy,
a sweet made from zucca lunga squash.
Long, skinny, hard shelled,
boiled in water, this squash is dull and lifeless,
but when simmered in sugar until firm and crystallized
—a long process—
it is truly a glorious treat,
decorating cassata and cannoli, eaten out of hand, and sold to those few who make their way up this rocky hill.
God bless Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.
Strong, healing, contemplative.
And lord, thank you for these odd, unruly squash, that bring so much joy into our lives.