The Health-Food Diner

In honour of all the feasting we’ll be indulging in this Christmas!

The Health-Food Diner

by Maya Angelou


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 space that saves a place

For smoking carnivores.


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