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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's Amazing What Soup Can Do

photo credit: Bob Adelman, 1965  
One flap of a butterfly's wings
One can of soup
What is too small
to make a difference?
What if
Warhol had painted Scott Towels instead?
The grocery had been out of tomato
but had plenty of vegetable?
A rutabaga caught his eye?
Could tampons be
Pop Art?
What if
a can of tomato soup
had been donated to a soup kitchen?
What is the difference
between art
and a hungry child
getting a meal?

submitted for The Mag 106

12 comments:

Brian Miller said...

oh...that last question snapped me to attention...what is art in the face of hunger?

Trellissimo said...

Whoa! Good point! It's what's in the tin that's important...:)

Helen said...

Nothing is too small to make a difference ... donate to your local food banks!!!!

Nice Mag!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

The midpoem revelation is pow!erful and brings everything together wonderfully. This was great!

Jinksy said...

Good thinking, blogpal! ♥

Tess Kincaid said...

Thoughtful last stanza...

Hey Monkey Butt said...

love it :)

Tumblewords: said...

Absolutely!

Helena said...

Too true! I'm not sure about the tampons becoming art but I know they make for great bath toys - as I discovered one evening when I returned to check on the boys' nightly dip! I had no idea a 5-year-old could reach up that high.....!

Steve Isaak said...

Fun, thoughtful, love-the-politicized finish, which brings Warhol's pointlessness (for me, anyway) home - and the fact that people need to get their heads straight on what's important, not what's flashy.

Arian Tejano said...

i love this.

ds said...

Love that final question--so powerful. Sad that we need to be reminded. Now filling a bag for the local food pantry...
Thank you.