Today's poem is by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

Kitchen Remodels

In a culture that doesn't cook,
homeowners remodel their kitchens.

Their budget for appliances
would feed a third world country for at least
a week. They need restaurant capacity
refrigerators, freezers, and stoves,
even though they won't stock
any food. They will pay for a forest's
worth of cabinets. Granite countertops gleam,
then gather dust.

They'll store designer
china, along with stoneware for every day,
while every day they eat off of paper
plates, or out of wrappers, greasy
papers cluttering the car.

They'll gather in the blue gloom
of their individual televisions to eat fast food
while watching celebrity chefs
on distant food networks.

Copyright © 2012 Kristin Berkey-Abbott All rights reserved
from I Stand Here Shredding Documents
Finishing Line Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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