Beyond BBQ lies a world of fats, salt, and plenty of sugars
some folks love to eat this and some folks love to eat that
fried fish and pork chops, French fries, salty veggie burgers
deep fried Twinkies, deep fried turkey, gobs of greasy fat
sweet and sour candies, super salty hot spicy corn snacks
high fructose corn syrup in food and many fruity soft drinks
candy bars named for planets and stars and Cracker Jacks
chewy gooey candies, cavities on the way the dentist thinks
then there are all kinds of oils: natural, extracted, artificial
plenty of fats in meat and cheese or fried food soaking in it
looking on the labels for content information semi official
fattening drinks and foods in our mouth minute by minute
moderate consumption of all the above no reason for pity
gluttonous consumption gives free tickets to Heart Attack City.
Wedding Day for an Empress of Ice Cream
Please tell Jellyroll Baker to get over here in a hurry
start kneading some dough for tarts, donuts, and pies.
the wedding is tomorrow morning and we need curry
dumplings and gravy with fricasseed chicken thighs.
the prince and the princess just out of their teens know
that of all summer fruits cold watermelon is the Queen.
we need something much cooler as the sidewalks steam
to make the princess become an Empress of Ice Cream
her father is an Emperor from Flatbush, her sweet mother
a ‘Bronx cheer’ Queen. Padre Popsicle will marry them
sister is the bridesmaid, the best man is his older brother
licking soft cones eating banana splits at the Royal Dairy
in Jellyroll Baker’s midsummer night dream the fairy
made princess an Empress of Ice Cream flavored cherry.