the Vegetable Aisle
refrigerated water spray all looks healthy,
romaine, red & green, boston bib,
how choose a lettuce?
How to know which of you has natural soil's nutrients
Hey arrugula! Why haven't I seen you here before?
Who let those
prepackaged sick leaves in the door?
There's plenty broccoli bunches, no ketchup
the Reagan/Bush era is over!
Which squash has more vitamin A? Spaghetti or
Would one of you please raise your label?
Speak up! Which of you has been
Who here likes Creamy Italian?
Who's not afraid of the juicer's
Brussel sprouts and red cabbage, settle your price wars
Chestnuts, are you a vegetable now?
Ah, tofu, you are the
cure for famine & carnivorism.
No wonder U.S. wants yr French soybean subsidies
How juicy these ripe Jersey tomatoes
lulling me for an illusory moment
could be a garden state.
Wait a minute now! Why isn't this aisle as well
the candy bar section?
Why a Mars bar cheaper than a bag of spinach?
it cost more to grow a candy bar?
When a six-year old child I remember watching
as having a cauliflower ear.
it was 20 years before I cd look at you again.
Actually, for a long time in
childhood I refused
to eat vegetables.
It was a way of rebelling I think.
Later, I substituted
alcohol for not eating vegetables.
Now I welcome you radical & mostly sober
escarole & chickoree
Now kale, now garlic, now red peppers & parsley.
& green beans, who will protect you from being canned
and frozen to death?
Without values of internationalism & democratic accountability
in all public institutions
who will safeguard
Who protect us from irradiation & pesticide?
assure the right to organize?
Who sets transnational standards of minimum
& safe working conditions?
Who make sure hypertechnology doesn't take over?
After a right-wing tide, who will remineralize your soil?
Who will assure
access to your aisle for all?
Who will apologize for bumping my cart into
while writing this poem?
Sleep tight, don't let the bacteria bite
the struggle for another night.