Sunday, March 31, 2013

Public Enemy Number One

by Jim Rapp

Food! Man shall not die by food alone –
there are more prominent non-culinary hazards –
but food has always been a special danger zone;
a vulnerability, a cause to be on guard.

And I recall the innocence, the bliss
with which our family drew together
on those special days which none would miss,
in Christmas cold, or summer’s wilting weather,

and ringed our chairs around a family feast
of candied yams, a Jell-O mold, some buttered peas,
and, at the center of it all, a slab of fatty beast.
Ah innocence! No – in ignorance we took our ease.

And one by one I’ve watched them early die;
Mother and Father mourned at eighty-seven,
sister in her eighties; brother a mere child
at seventy-two; all feasting sadly now in heaven.

My one remaining sibling, still a child
at seventy-nine, and I just two years younger,
hope that surgeries, and pills piled high;
ICDs implanted deftly, help us linger longer.

If we had known in time to heed
the wisdom of an Oz, 1 the diet of a Hurd, 2
we would have lived to longer feed
on Eden’s Tree, 3 augmented by bean curd.

But now, alas, we’re doomed to follow
all our kin who with us heedless glutted
at our poison celebrations – sallow,
pre-maturely old – by Oz and Hurd tut-tutted.

When I am called to sit at that great feast –
the Marriage Supper of the Lamb4
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)

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