Be assured, not an easy task, even aided
by fine wine, a Cote de Rhone --
in fact, I did not actually plant the wheat,
grind flour, sift it, grow greens,
force-feed geese, take their livers,
make Foie gras from scratch,
hor d'oeuvre served with Cornichons
prior to our main course, Coq au vin,
for which I had hunted mushrooms,
slaughtered hogs, killed my cock.
I did, however, drive the Porsche
to a trendy market, spend much time,
find these delicacies, endure checkout,
pass it all off to you as mine.
Timothy Pilgrim, a Pacific Northwest poet in journals such as Windfall, Cirque and Carcinogenic Poetry, is co-author of Bellingham poems (2014) and included in Idaho's Poets: A Centennial Anthology (University of Idaho Press), and Tribute to Orpheus II (Kearney Street Books).