Perhaps a Meal Ought Not Bear So Much Weight

Music: Fugue in F# Major.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by
J. Marques.

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Nicholas Gordon

Perhaps a meal ought not bear so much weight.
A dining room is not a synagogue.
Sometimes, however, food's a pedagogue.
Sometimes one's best text is what one ate.
One finds in food the sense in many senses,
Vested in a symbol that will last.
Even as a people needs its past,
Ritual foods dismantle time's defenses.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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