after ari banias

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

With all the news about mustard lately
(how to apply it, and to what kind of food)
I’m happy to be convalescing at Dead Man Acres
where the slogan is “We can’t stand fakers!”

Only Dijon, then, in my porridge,
poured delicately from a porcelain gravy boat;
only French’s Yellow slathered willy-nilly
across my pillow before lights-out.

And I am thankful for the sauerbraten I eyed
in the pantry as well as for those who fought & died
as well as for Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis,
an author who really “knows where the food is”

(another slogan here at the rest home).
Come to think of it, it isn’t the best tome,
but it’s right up there with Martin Chuzzlewit.
Reading books makes my head buzz a bit.

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