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

2-12-11

 

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