Freedom Comes in Small Bites
Freedom comes in small bites
for the vegetarian.
First, the fish and chips summers
once or twice on beaches. Then
fall, winter, spring at restaurants.
At restaurants, salmon in salads,
tuna sandwiches from home.
Then the capicollo under cheese
one cold and hungry afternoon
on the last slice of pizza
in the last open street shop
with any pizza at all. Seagulls
carping on the wind, newspapers
flying. Then the reaching for
the chicken bones on another's
plate, chicken salad sandwiches
payday lunches, the rotisserie
chicken coming home. What will
happen when the beef comes?