Jody Azzouni


Hymn to Vegetables

Originally published in Poem 103, 2010.
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Hymn to Vegetables

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The tame prongs: signs

on the sweetened fork

of a violent ancestry. We too:

we wash our hands now before eating,

use napkins, eschew bones. Once

upon a time, we sang during dinner

because we had to, because the

half-eaten still had ears we needed to soothe.

We are in transition now: we envy

the mild ways of plants, the peaceful

feast of mushrooms on the recently dead.

the simultaneous aspiration of flower

towards heaven, the roots still,

in place, kindly feeding.