Fundamentally food is necessary but more than that, than
Out of necessary, it is glorious!
Opulence of greens and reds, of leaves and roots, of slabs of meat, of breast and legs and wings
Descending on my plate before me magically, gracefully from God’s bounty
For all—if only we share, fall short if we fail to, frantic hunger, wasting away
Olfactory delights as well as tongue
Resounding crackles, hissing, crunching, chew, chew, enjoy the stew
Thankful can’t begin to describe my sentiments, the
Honest truth of it, the urgency
Out of hunger, unto gratitude
Urgent our call to share so none go hungry, none grow emaciated with distended bellies
Garden the Earth, sow, reap, gather in garlands of greens and sweet peas and marigolds
Hearty meals—a banquet for all the world
Thanks and thanks to God, the earth, sister, brother.
– Annie Quintano