Parsley Flaunts its Little Flags

So while we are engaging in a little unauthorised publishing, I thought we might do a little Pablo Neruda to round this pinko, South American theme off.

Nietzsche says that those things done out of love exist beyond good and evil. I hope this encompasses copyright! Further, I feel it is time for my life to encompass a little more compassionate copyleft!

Here is Ode to the Tomato, a poem about making a super fresh lunch, but it is so much more! It is a triumphant, sensual masterpiece- life is lived in this poem!! Neruda, for all his faults, knew how to celebrate as he fought! Long live the imperialism of the tomato!

Ode to the Tomato

The street

drowns in tomatoes:

noon,

summer

light

breaks

in two

tomato

halves,

and the streets

run

with juice.

In December

the tomato

cuts loose,

invades

kitchens,

takes over lunches,

settles

at rest

on sideboards,

with the glasses,

butter dishes,

blue salt-cellars.

It has

its own radiance,

a goodly majesty.

Too bad we must

assassinate:

a knife

plunges

into its living pulp,

red

viscera,

a fresh,

deep,

inexhaustable

sun

floods the salads

of Chile,

beds cheerfully

with the blonde onion,

and to celebrate

oil

the filial essence

of the olive tree

lets itself fall

over its gaping hemispheres,

the pimento

adds

its frangrance,

salt its magnetism –

we have the day’s

wedding :

parsley

flaunts

its little flags,

potatoes

thump to a boil,

the roasts

beat

down the door

with their aromas :

it’s time!

let’s go!

and upon

the table,

belted by summer,

tomatoes,

stars of the earth,

stars multiplied

and fertile

show off

their convolutions,

canals

and plenitudes

and the abundance

boneless,

without husk,

or scale or thorn,

grant us

the festival

or ardent color

and all-embracing freshness.

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~ by maoctopus on October 3, 2010.

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