When we perceive truth in polarities
do we merely hold them in balance, or
nibble at them to feel how they effect
digestion, health and energy? And then—
do we invite cooks in to taste of them,
see their preparation and seductions,
and finally, critique who they nurture?
Contradictions and paradox reveal
the deeper truths. Parables tell them—
not so we’ll say uh-huh and keep balance
but so we'll act: Can we decrease and end
the harm in our menus? And then eat less,
feed more? Can we rearrange our kitchens
to eat in them among the other folks?
My blog poems are rough drafts.
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© 2016 Susan L. Chast
*referring to Langston Hughes:
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,"
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.
(From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, published by Knopf and Vintage Books. Copyright © 1994 by the Estate of Langston Hughes.)