BEETS

I'd rather lick my chops 

than bite my tongue.

I'd rather discuss nuance of taste

than the way things are done.

Southern Belles ply their hands,

touting old, intrinsic ways.

But I see no need to boil out a beet,

when roasting would preserve their taste.

But woe be to a Yankee that speaks up;

I've known this since I was twenty.

Moving South, with a babe in arms,

they held to their recipes of empty.

Honey, that just is not our Way;

oozing on about the art of putting up corn.

When you know, underneath, they're gritting their teeth,

presiding over the exercise of scorn.

There is no spar without a partner.

One can hardly bash lashes at oneself.

And old ways do need to be preserved,

but furtherance also comes alongside health.

The South is rich of Scotch-Irish origin,

determined, stalwart, pioneering, and embraced.

But life is also continuance, embracing new knowledge,

and boiling vegetables to death, to me, is disgrace.

It's a fine line, and fine indeed, in Appalachia.

I love it there, but it may not love me.

The come-and-go of any newness comes slowly,

but therein is the balance of what Was, and can Be.

I'd rather lick my chops 

than bite my tongue.

I'd rather discuss nutrition and taste

than the way things are done.

~

7-30-16

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Comment by Zanelle on July 30, 2016 at 11:28pm

What fun.  There is lots here besides beets.  Thanks for the images and words...beets.  Beets.

Comment by The Songbird on July 30, 2016 at 11:34pm

Beets rule.  Shh..

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