Murray – Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Why do I buy spinach salad
when it’s comfort food I crave?
Crackers and cheese, mom’s favourite
while she watched TV.
Hot buttered toast, gooey grilled cheese
I can see my sister and me
sipping our Campbell’s tomato soup,
giggling as mom
wields the flyswatter in mock threat.

sleek bars bursting with peanuts, almonds
Snickers, Kit Kat, Dairy Milk
all that palm oil, cocoa and sugar.
creamy hazelnut chocolate
Italian kisses.

I read craving chocolate is
our body’s need for vitamin B
or was it sex?
I’m over fifty, Gluten Free, watching my weight
I’ll suffice with blueberries and Greek yogurt
munch on carrot sticks and celery.

Bring on the carbs
Comfort food – full of fat, sugar, flavour
ice cream, apple pie, French fries, pizza
macaroni and cheese
mashed potatoes –my dad added a raw egg
whipped them into deliciousness
what I really want I can’t have


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