Poems of the Week

Avoiding the Dining Blahs

by Bruce Bennett

“I’d also like to come up with a new breakfast strategy.
I was cutting chunks of cold navel orange into plain yogurt
throughout citrus season, then scrambling eggs to eat on buttered
floured tortillas, then daubing apricot preserves onto store-bought croissants.
All that eventually grew tiring, as can happen when you eat the same thing
every morning…”
—Sam Sifton in The New York Times

My strategy is simple.
I down some coffee, black,
then maybe gulp a second cup.
I leave and don’t come back

Till dinnertime (I skip my lunch),
then pour myself a drink
and wolf whatever I can find
while standing at the sink.