Poems of the Week

Zoonotic Foodie Blues

by Chris O’Carroll

“China bans trade, consumption of wild animals due to coronavirus”

If I want a pangolin sandwich,
Civet soup, or a peacock pâté,
The public health nannies will thwart me.
They’re taking my snake meat away.

OK, there might be a pandemic.
They might have good reason to say
That crocodile flesh is off limits,
But I crave bat tidbits today.