Parable of Food

This poem first appeared in The Humanist in the May/June 2013 issue.

Parable of Food

There is an abundance of food

and the children are hungry


which is a problem only because good food

must first be prepared properly


which means there will be a wait

because what is nourishing


is not available in a box that can be opened

and poured onto a plate


it must be sliced and seasoned

and simmered so that the flavors


careen into a satisfying meal that will

create a lasting craving for what is


better than the aftertaste of mediocrity

I want the children to wait


a little longer, the box within their reach

I want them to choose between


convenience and sustenance

I want them to know they will never be full.


DeMaris Gaunt



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