The light menu (for Terry)

We wield  full abdomens
risen like yeast dough
proofed and ready for baking
in parodies of pregnancy, but
we don’t deliver anything live
from these, supersized past plus.

Filling up on the light menu
still means feeding past sate to bloat
on the plate, in the mouth,
never reaching and meeting

the things we are starved for.

Inspired by Terry’s work here:

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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33 Responses to The light menu (for Terry)

  1. claudia says:

    very cool…had a look at the pic as well and love where it took you…there often is a hunger that can’t be satisfied by food…and sadly enough we so often try..ugh..

  2. Tony says:

    Oh, how many and various are the things we turn to in order to try and fulfill our hunger – and how poorly they reward us. Terry’s image is ace – and your poem works well with it.

  3. Alice Keys says:

    Good job with this one. I like what you say. You are a true poet and social activist. My favorite sort.

  4. brian miller says:

    fast food is all about convenience ist it…and we conveniently blow up and kill ourselves in our eficiency to get on to the next thing…pretty cool word collage by terry as well…

  5. tashtoo says:

    Fantastic! Eating to feel full when it’s not food we’re hungry for…just another example of how disconnected from ourselves we have actually become…

  6. janehewey says:

    full, and round, and starving. so true, Susan.

  7. I love the twist at the end. Beautiful!


    Mark Butkus

  8. Mary says:

    Excellent! So many times people are starved for things…..but they mistakenly try to get it from food. Your poem expresses this concept so very well, Susan.

  9. Light to ruminate over~ great metaphors!

  10. I like the turn from full abdomens to light menu to starving ~ You’re right, some things can’t be satisfied with food ~

  11. mobius faith says:

    I’m finally “weighing” in here. Nice poem. Like Claudia – I like where the inspiration took you on this. Well done.

  12. “in parodies of pregnancy” like that. Well the words not when my belly looks like that…

  13. nico says:

    Great work here–we just can’t seem to get enough, greedy as we are, controlled by our desires. I like the way you say it–we don’t deliver anything live.

  14. nelle says:

    The things we are starved for, indeed.

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