the year of lyrics: a poetry project

my search for inner-peace, one poem at a time


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Day 245 – Less than Excited Taste Buds

“If you can cook, recession money doesn’t matter. If you can cook, time doesn’t matter… My wish is for you to help a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, to inspire families to cook again and to empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”
-Jamie Oliver TED Prize Wish: Teach every child about food

Yes, it hurts to know that there is another way to suffer.
And it comes from what we eat?

Gone are the days that each home gathers to
Create a most delicious meal,
Together.
Cue the excuses:
But I have a broken family.
I don’t have a traditional one. It’s not as it used to be.
I have no time, this is the best I can do.
Times change and we must adapt.

But to adapt to this?
I am ashamed.
I am hurt.

Corporations, with your evil bidding.
Another commercial flashes,
Drawing lines,
Forging borders so difficult to cross,
Mass producing to excess,
Imposing regulations and
Forcing upon us that which should not be called food.
Sculpting our minds so that we accept it.
And learn to forget regret.

And on this soil alone an oversupply of waste:
Fast food, processed, boxed, packaged, weighed.

How delicious? Cannot wait to dig into another (un)Happy Meal.
What a steal!
A bargain!
Only a few bucks and I’ve got myself a dinner.
And the sickening flavors churn with additives that I do not know the names of.
Oh, I thought I was educated, I can read, can’t I?

How about a little bit of a change.
And alteration to shake up the bowl of popcorn,
To wake up a population blinded from scorn,
Can we not SPEAK UP for our rights to live?
Fight back those who are too harsh to forgive.
They who decide what we put in our system.
Time is running out, why won’t they listen?


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Day 214 – I Will Cater To You

On the menu for tonight:
I will prepare for you
Some succulent chicken,
Slowly cooked in a delicate balance of:
Soy sauce, rice vinegar, pepper and bay leaves.
And please, won’t you wait to hear the rest?
Steamed rice bubbles to perfection.
Some coconut and soup base
Boiled with slices of:
Garlic, onion, and ginger root.
Similarly chopped acorn squash,
Diced tomatoes,
Crisp green beans.
All on simmer for more than an hour.
Some stir fried, teriyaki-tasting
Broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onion, beans, snap peas.
And I’ve got some Thai curried chicken and sweet potatoes too.
What more, how about some wine.
Red and white,
Thank you for bringing a bottle.
And another.
Trust me when I say,
I love to take care of you.


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Day 205 – Impeccable

Lend me your ear
No, lend me a glass
Pour the oil as so
Don’t let it cook too fast
Let it grill with patience
For I’ve been patient enough
Do not overdo it
It takes timing dear one
And, ah, finely chopped
Sliced with care
Add in the spices – Hey,
You missed a bit there
And let it rest together
Amongst the fluffy white grains
Caressed with care
And warmed by the flames
Now lend me your arm
For my head to rest
Laughter and warmth
Faithfully expressed
Now, moment has come
Ah, the timing is right
You planned it quite well:
The most perfect night.