Friday, February 25, 2005

Grace Before Meals

On the metro, a nice-looking woman
In a red kerchief
Reads a pop weekly,
Intently (her mouth agape):
Seems a troubled performer
Finally got it together,
Found god in himself—
Looks as pale as ever.

On her lap, a vegetable platter:
Carrot and cucumber,
Broccoli, radish,
Ring a dill dressing.
The cover’s etched in lines,
And angles and stars,
Polygons, pentagrams—
Geomancy of food.
What's it for— a social occasion?
No— the dip's diminished.
Must be what's left over...
(The belly growls).
Bless us O Lord,
And these thy gifts—
And those invited to eat.
At the station, a cute little scholar,
In a plaid jumper
Sells sweets for her school —
Dig for a bill blessing.
Where do you go, honey?
Corpus Christi, she says.
Like a good-bar, sir?
Alright, I'll take one.
She thanks me, and I say mine.
For this I'm about to receive.


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A well painted picture. Although I am left with a slight craving for chocolate.

2/25/2005 05:10:00 PM  
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