Nomological Net

Stray thoughts from here and there. The occasional concern for construct validity. No more logic. Fish.


faults in the clouds of delusion

Monday, October 15, 2007


Last week ended on an eventful note. Friday, within a few hours of waking, I had descended the stairs in unconventional polyrhythmic manner and submitted a paper as well as eaten Korean food at a diner-style bar counter, but the crowning experience was a talk given by an eighty-year old lady. Maya Angelou stole my heart with her character, wisdom, ready wit and lust for life. And so, for the first time on this blog, here is some poetry that doesn't have a tune to go with it.


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 pilau
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.

-- Maya Angelou



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO jealous.

Your friendly, non-neighbourhood journalist

10/15/2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger km said...

Just when I was tasked with deciding on a place for lunch....

10/16/2007 2:13 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

hello. jealous of what? the bruises are varied and evocative.

you're welcome.

10/16/2007 12:10 PM  
Blogger Revealed said...

What next? Auden? Neruda? Hatef?

10/19/2007 1:12 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

it was in the eleventh grade, after a teacher commented that my poetry reminded him of neruda, that i gave up writing the stuff. causality indeterminate.

ah but i was so much older then
i'm younger than that now

10/21/2007 9:25 AM  

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