Preserve Me

Here’s a poem i wrote for the visit of Elizabeth Gordon, a really great slam poet, to the Newburgh Free Library a few nights ago. i performed it miserably, but NOW i’ve got it down. Anyway, here it is:

Preserve Me

Sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol too – and here’s more stuff on which to chew:

Cellulose fiber, cellulose gum, carageenan (yum yum yum),

Aspartame with citric acid (Mangia, please! Approval tacit!)

Glucose, fructose, sucrose, more; polydextrose (my tongue’s sore!)

Maltitol benzene? And what the hell’s “datem”? You hardly know just how to rate ’em.

Mono- and di-glycerides; can we ever stem the tides?

BHA and BHT; guar gum for you and me.

Calcium proprionate – I can’t believe what I just ate.

The boxes ladle out advice they want us all to follow,

But always add a grain of salt – and then don’t swallow.