Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "The Fountainhead of the Wisdom of Food"

This poem came out of the December 6, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from janetmiles and ellenmillion.  It has been sponsored by laffingkat

The Fountainhead of the Wisdom of Food

Women are strange about food.
They will speak of it as an ethical foundation,
as if the less they eat, the more moral they are:
"I was so good today,
I didn't eat any of the doughnuts at breakfast."

Yet the truth of food,
like the wisdom in it,
is only to be found elsewhere.

A chocolate fountain
flows with bounty,
thick liquid sweetness
cascading down to festoon
toothpicks full of strawberries and bananas.

No matter how long
you hold your fruit under the flow,
it will gather only so much chocolate.
That is what you will have to eat
when you put it into your mouth,
and the rest will remain in the fountain
waiting for someone else.

The Goddess pours forth chocolate
from the cup of Her hands,
as rich and sweet as wisdom.
You can have only what you can hold,
but there will always be more of it
when you are ready.

Your body is not a storehouse
to be stuffed full or forcibly emptied
and then locked that way.
It is a fountain through which
air and food and water,
and wisdom,
are always flowing.

Go ahead and use it.
Just try not to clog it up.

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