Thursday, May 16, 2019

John Grochalski writes

as two boys kick a ripe tomato
down the garbage-strewn sidewalk

i wonder about what the hunger rates
in the united states of america are

surely, they’re pretty high
or the food bank would’ve stopped sending me mail

i feel shame over the uneaten salad
sitting there waiting to be thrown out
in my work refrigerator

the victim of two spontaneous slices of pizza
the thumbed nose at food i’m supposed to eat at forty-five

i stop to consider
which fruit and vegetable stand
those boys got the tomato from

which merchant lost at capitalism today
or decided to turn sustenance into sport
to appease two restless boys

i think maybe
i should be the adult here
in this scenario

pull the boys away from their fun
to tell them all about starving kids

in china
in ethiopia
in parts of brooklyn they’ll never see

tell them
back in my days we kicked real balls

but that would seem judgmental of me
or at the very least racist
and maybe somewhat xenophobic

and there’s enough of that
going around here these days

plus, you never know
whom you’re going to offend

what poverty of pocket or mind
that lead to kicking a tomato for sport

also there’s still the issue
of my own uneaten salad

all of the uneaten salads that i’ve spurned
then later scraped away in silent shame

left to rot away
in a mound of garbage
shipped somewhere upstate

guilts that have lasted me decades
culinary hypocrisies blasting like fireworks

over a glittering trash heap
on the fourth of july.
Image result for empty cornucopia paintings 
Cornucopia of Emptiness --  Chati Coronel     

1 comment:

  1. The cornucopia (Latin "cornu copiae"), the horn of plenty, was associated with various Greek and Roman deities, especially those associated with the harvest, prosperity, or spiritual abundance such as Gaia or Terra (the personification of Earth), Plutus (god of riches, son of Demeter the grain goddess), the nymph Maia, Fortuna (the goddess of luck),
    Hades, the ruler of the underworld who was also a giver of agricultural, mineral, and spiritual wealth, Abundantia (abundance personified), and Annona (goddess of the grain supply to Roma). In some accounts the cornucopia was created when Heracles wrestled with the river god Achelous and wrenched off one of his horns; in others, infant Zeus was hidden in a cave on Mount Ida on Crete to keep his father Kronus from devouring him; he accidentally tore off one of the horns of the goat Amaltheia ("Nourishing Goddess"), who fed him with her milk, and that horn then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment.


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