The Health-Food Diner Poem by Maya Angelou

The Health-Food Diner

Rating: 4.8

The Health-Food Diner
No sprouted wheat and soya shoots
And Brussels in a cake,
Carrot straw and spinach raw,
(Today, I need a steak).

Not thick brown rice and rice pilaw
Or mushrooms creamed on toast,
Turnips mashed and parsnips hashed,
(I'm dreaming of a roast).

Health-food folks around the world
Are thinned by anxious zeal,
They look for help in seafood kelp
(I count on breaded veal).

No smoking signs, raw mustard greens,
Zucchini by the ton,
Uncooked kale and bodies frail
Are sure to make me run


Loins of pork and chicken thighs
And standing rib, so prime,
Pork chops brown and fresh ground round
(I crave them all the time).

Irish stews and boiled corned beef
and hot dogs by the scores,
or any place that saves a space
For smoking carnivores.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: food
* Sunprincess * 30 August 2015

....excellent poem with great rhythm and rhyme ?

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Bimisola Babalola 05 May 2015

lol, this is a very interesting poem, I like it.

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Madhumitha Murali 22 July 2015

It would be better with a theme rather, all the other poems essence very good, buy the idea capture of food swap seems a central theme, that was conveyed in circumlocution. But overall rhyme syncs to the theme.

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Indira Renganathan 11 November 2016

Interesting nutritive diet-poem.....unusual food thought.....10+++

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Zakir Hussain Haidary 06 January 2017

I count on breaded vea

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Ratnakar Mandlik 20 April 2020

An informative as also interesting poem highlighting one's food habits.

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Carlos Echeverria 20 April 2020

A vegan's horror poem.

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Perfect oet 20 April 2020

Once in a while it’s ok

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Mahtab Bangalee 20 April 2020

Health-food folks around the world Are thinned by anxious zeal, They look for help in seafood kelp (I count on breaded veal) .////beautiful and interesting poem penned; I enjoyed

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Kevin Patrick 20 April 2020

An enticingly delicious work from the crafty hands of Miss Angelou who was a fine cook of a poet. I agree with her, While vegetables are nice, meat is simply divine, while it is more environmentally beneficial to be a vegetarian, its a treasure to the taste buds to pound down on a nice juicy pork chop. Great pick for poem of the day.

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