I'll buy me a burger that's sweet and cheap
get me a burger that fills
give me a burger that I can afford
for craving is the worst of life's ills
the minutes of eating give pleasure enough
for the years they steal from the bank
of this body that must take its chances
so for cheap meat I offer my thanks
thanks to the farmer who fatted the calf
the slaughterer who put it to death
the agent who sent it to Sweden and France
then decided that Holland was best
to the trucker who carted the rest of his load
to Cyprus and then Bucharest, I think,
once the best of the steak had been butchered
enjoyed fried or grilled with a drink
so they flailed the last of the carcass
and dyed it a delicate pink
then the chemist added the magic
for some parts of the animal stink
a 2 minute blast in the microwave
brings this prime organic freerange 100% Ulster bred pasture fed beef to life
sugars and spice and a nice fatty gloss
oozing and crying for that dollop of sauce
so I'll have a burger that's cheap and sweet
get mea large diet coke
give me a lover who is tidy and neat
and the pleasures of life are almost complete
if its true that the proof of the pudding
can only be found when you eat
well life could always be worse
live or die with the girth
and that's as much proof as you'll need
I have to make peace with the bear who goes with me. It's always cadging for a treat. The sensorium of flavor-smell-texture is marvelously compounded, and the stomach needs grist to turn its mill. It seems a shame not to use such well-set-up equipment. And if I deny the bear its accustomed screening session, its cadging soon turns into over-dramatization in some form, which is a bother. Something in me thinks of consequences- it's, the newspaper reader in me. But the bear is a hero in tight situations, and I trust it will come through in a pinch. This poem reminds me of Paul Simon's song /I Can Be Your Bodyguard/. The bear is the newspaper reader's bodyguard. In fact this is a serious poem.
I think I'll have a burger for lunch. Thanks!
Love this poem amusing, rhythmic and unique! An interesting and enjoyable read, well written with description from beginning to end. Thank you for sharing, RoseAnn
Love this poem, amusing, rhythmic and unquie! An interesting and enjoyable read, well written. Thank you for sharing, RoseAnn
I enjoyed this poem, Actually had to chuckle at the line " live or die with the girth" . Thanks for posting this.
It is a good poem..........So nice..........Ok......
I had to chuckle a few times reading this. I especially enjoyed you throwing that extra-long line in there (stanza six, line two) ! You have my last name first, and I have your first name last.
Making meaningful the mundane is a powerful perspective to present. Nicely done my fiend.
I've never thought of burgers as being sweet, but you are actually making me hungry!
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem
In my comment below I forgot to mention that your poem reminds me of a poem by Delmore Schwarz: The Heavy Bear Who Goes with Me.