but food has always been a special danger zone;
a vulnerability, a cause to be on guard.
on those special days which none would miss,
in Christmas cold, or summer’s wilting weather,
and, at the center of it all, a slab of fatty beast.
Ah innocence! No – in ignorance we took our ease.
sister in her eighties; brother a mere child
at seventy-two; all feasting sadly now in heaven.
hope that surgeries, and pills piled high;
ICDs implanted deftly, help us linger longer.
we would have lived to longer feed
on Eden’s Tree, 3 augmented by bean curd.
at our poison celebrations – sallow,
pre-maturely old – by Oz and Hurd tut-tutted.
I’ll wait to start until I’m sure, at least,
that Oz and Hurd have certified the Lamb.
1 - Mehmet Oz – A cardiac surgeon-turned-celebrity-
TV- host, medical/dietary generalist,
psychiatrist, and New Age Guru
2 - Karen Hurd – A local dietary expert specializing
in a bean-based diet
3 - The Tree of Life (Genesis 2:9; Revelation 22:2)
4 - The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9)