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spacer.gif   SANDY GOLDSMITH
Posted by : cj on Monday, October 22, 2007 - 10:37 AM
American Open Mike:  New American Voices .
Postscript to My Granddaughter

After congregating for hours in a social hall,
you emerge, whimpering,
wearing a dress from my childhood,
one laced with shyness covered
by pearls of effervescence,
velvet ribbons tying back fabric
woven of delight and fear,
whimsy and withdrawal.

I remember swirling in that dress,
sometimes to carousel sounds
in a kaleidoscopic arena;
sometimes to ballroom music
on a crowded dance floor;
sometimes to a silent drum
in the bland corners of my room.

Just as I yearned then
for a nod from a seasoned adult
for permission just to be,
I yearn now to tell you I understand;
but the hallway din muffles my words
and you are pulled away from me
by an age in which private-time
has no comfort zone.

At home, sometimes

a small couch contours its comfort
in the elevated silence after a storm
of people and cars and sirens
have thundered their presence below;

a hovering lamp illuminates a desktop
piled high with papers in transition
and shines on shelves of books
that certify a private shelter.

At home, sometimes

stories seep in
through cracks in walls
that have windows to a past
devoid of flower gardens;

wooden floors creak their anguish
over mislaid plans;
a china cabinet houses crystal
chipped by gruffness
and silver tarnished by tained dreams.

At home, sometimes
a pasture of freedom nurtures a wild flower
that arches toward summer's heat
and youthful bloom,
acquiesces to autumn as vibrancy fades
then hibernates under white,
waits in confidence
for spring once again to
extricate its color
and validate its existence.

Drop-Dead Gorgeous Diet

I'm opting for white bread; forget the whole wheat.
To hell with watching whatever I eat.
Who'd want a plump hot dog without that good bun?
I really cannot think of...anyone --

except Atkins addicts, who just kid themselves
when they take those great carbs off their pantry shelves.
To them eggwhite omelets are just a big joke,
and they'll always scramble for every yolk.

To eggs and their yolks, I too am beholden:
cholesterol, be damned -- your silence is golden!
Oh, lusty 'lesty' -- just give me a squeeze;
but first bring the butter, and then bring the cheese.

It's not that I don't love what Atkins folk eat.
I agree that a T-bone is really a treat.
But I'll just be damned before giving up bread.
What -- go without flour? I'd rather be dead!

There's garlic-Italian and pita and rye.
The store-shelves are loaded with breads you can buy.
Although piled high, each one's quite plain to see --
all sumptuous and screaming out: PLEASE TAKE ME.

It's known that a loaf is the staff of life,
that it really contributes to staving off strife.
And those grains can go with about any meal --
like one slab of baby-backs -- OY, such a deal!

That fat, juicy pig meat can really score.
I can't chew just one rib -- I want more and more,
plus an order of french fries, a large chocolate shake,
and then for dessert, some cherry cheesecake.

Sometimes I feel guilty, or so it seems,
and that's when I think about all those poor greens:
like spinach and broccoli, just lying in wait
for me to return them to my tainted plate.

I should fill my cart up with health foods galore,
like apples and celery and black beans and more;
and tofu and yogurt and kale are right,
and bright-shaded peppers -- a colorful sight.

Tomatoes and endive and melons and fish --
any one of those makes for a healthy dish.
And I should be guided by one magic word:
ORGANIC's the name of the game, so I've heard.

Well -- wait, there's one more term so well-known to me:
A concept to die for -- it's OMEGA-3! is too short to deny myself pleasures.
I'll just take the junk foods -- the greatest of treasures!

--Sandy Goldsmith

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