“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” — Albert Einstein

Friday, January 24, 2014

Under The Knife (Fri.Flash 55)

Would they have us melt some Tupperware
and spread it on our bread?
One molecule from plastic
should be their claim instead.
Round-up in the waves of grain
they took her breast by knife.
The deer steer clear of GMOs,
amphibians the coast.
Let’s all melt some Tupperware
and spread it on our toast.

If you like butter on your toast, let the G-Man know!
Sorry, G., I’ve veered out of the fictional world this week into reality’s nightmare.With the latest news I got all creepy. The brown food coloring in cola has now been determined to be a carcinogenic. Pepsi rebuked the findings, saying even if true, most of their customers only drink 1/3 of a can a day so amounts should be considered safe. Does anyone know anyone who opens a can of pop and only drinks one third? And why is margarine in the dairy aisle? It isn’t even food. And it certainly isn't yellow. Margarine was “invented” and it is grayish white, the way you’ll find it in Europe (if you find it at all), where they aren’t allowed to dye it.


Anthony Duce said...

It is getting harder as more is known to deal with the strategies to market in this way.. I liked the poem.. I like the message too.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you so much. I feel so strongly about this stuff, but I know I shouldn't preach, hope I don't come across that way.

Liza said...

Direct and to the point. And very well written.

G-Man said...

I don't know how anyone got the idea that yellow and brown is more attractive to the palate.
I like white cheese better, and I don't care what color my beveridge is.
Loved your subtle rant 55
Thanks Yvonne for all the great great writing and support you bring to the Funfest, you Rock from Canton to Calumet.
have a Kick Ass Week-End

izzy said...

I usually only drink a few sips or slugs of Pepsi- and have to say that is once a month on the outside But I love your beginning and ending line! thanks-

Other Mary said...

Well said Yvonne.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you!!

White cheddar is better. Thank you sir.

No soda here except for ginger ale in my summertime ginger ale floats! Thanks.

Thank you.

Gabriella said...

Reading your 55 and your explanation I am glad I hardly drink Coke and do not spread my bread with margarine. I prefer regular cheese, not the processed kind.

hedgewitch said...

The poem itself is really well-written, with excellent, pointed language and some very effective images. Unfortunately, Big Food has a (literal) deathgrip on the market, is actually subsidized by our taxes to abuse animals and poultry, drench everything we eat in antibiotics, steroids and preservatives on order to mass-produce 'cheap' food that sickens and weakens us, and can get away with wholesale flat-out lying, while the FDA always backs them up. As consumers, it is definitely buyer beware.

TALON said...

And the our slow death by poisoning (which we gleefully buy and consume) continues. A scary 55, Yvonne!

Alice Audrey said...

I knew I should have gotten the butter instead, even at four times the price.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you very much. Processed cheese is another pretend food.

Amen. Do you ever think about the corps. that make us sick and then manufacture the drugs to treat the sickness?

Thanks. Gets pretty depressing.

Sometimes price can't be a consideration. When butter goes on sale I always buy 3-4 and put some in the freezer.

Illsa Gorrey said...

I guess I should consider myself fortunate that I can't drink cola at all. It flares up my IBS, and then I have horrifying abdominal cramps and other things better not mentioned.

anthonynorth said...

An important point excellently written.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks! Just your body telling you something important.

Thanks a bunch!

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Margarine doesn't sound nice!

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks Andrew,
Always nice to see a new name in the comments.

Searching for the Story said...

This makes me rethink my Coke Zero enthusiasm.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Ha! We all have our weaknesses but I prefer the one with calories and hops. Plus it gives you strength and helps you write. Nice to see you.

Jemi Fraser said...

It's pretty scary what we can ingest without knowing/thinking about it. Our family's grown more aware over the last few years - thankfully!

Sarah Allen said...

Melt tupperware on toast...oooh, so awesome!! Great work :)

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)

Pet said...

Is this thing about cola true? I drink diet coke nonstop! No worries about margarine, if anything I spread olive oil, no colorants I hope
I'll stick with the poem as a safer option. Melted Tupperware and all made me feel flying above reality!

Yvonne Osborne said...

True. Thanks!

Hi! Thanks!!

I believe the report.Food coloring and additives have never had a good reputation. Olive oil is good. Diet Coke....yuck. I hate it that they're advertising so heavily during the Olympics. Thanks!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Yvonne! Catching up on all the wonderful poetry you've been writing these last months. I can feel the cold!
This last one makes me go, "Yikes." Our food is sometimes a landmine.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hey, Tricia!
Long time, no see! Hope you're well and writing up a storm. That's the only acceptable excuse for not blogging. I'm using it.