Poems of the Week

Stockholm Syndrome

by Brendan Beary

“‘My whole life has been a lie’: Sweden admits meatballs are Turkish”—The Guardian

A shout-out to our brethren to the south—it’s time we brought ’em in;
What we’ve been calling “Swedish meatballs” actually are Ottoman.
Three hundred years ago, they reached the Baltic from the Bosporus
(But no, we don’t intend to give them back—don’t be preposberous!)