The Food Chain

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The Food Chain

Whitetails in the night
munch tomatoes, spinach
and corn, devour them all
with cilantro and sugar
peas, grind them
to a pulp with yellow
teeth and belch
artichoke mist
beneath brisk starlight.

The parsnip and beans
are stripteased and abandoned
stalk-naked.

Leaf after leaf
it’s a lettuce feast
with cucumber
and zucchini squash, of pumpkin
and potato mash
as carrots are pawed
from the earth and crushed
with raspberry radish
puree, even the prickly
leaves of blackberry
get no mercy.

On our menu today:
it’s habanero, jalapeño and venison
steak.
.

Richard Rensberry, The Grumpy Poet
Poem excerpted from “City Slickers Guide to the Amish Country, Stories and Poems from Fairview, Michigan” slated to be published by QuickTurtle Books® 2017

amazon.com/author/richardrensberry 

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