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  • Writer's pictureandrew jeter

Staying Healthy

Updated: Apr 7, 2019

(from the NaPoWriMo Prompt: write poems that provide the reader with instructions on how to do something.)

We’re getting healthy

in my household.

We eat salads a lot.

And there are rules for each one.

The lettuce must be Romain

and cut no bigger than 1 inch square

and lots of other nonlettuces

must be included:

Cut the red onions in quarter moons

the radishes in eight slices

like some tiny summer melon

you feed to children

and the carrots

must be shredded—

make sure you use the large bore

side of the box shredder—

red peppers need to be in half inch pieces

but the grape tomatoes

go in whole

broccoli florets never

larger than your pinkie fingernail

and, of course, hot house


peel only four strips of skin away

and slice a fourth of an inch

before quartering

and if you have them, sunflower seeds

with sea salt that has mostly

fallen off in the box.

And most importantly, none of these

ingredients should ever taste anything

like the salty, gooey-on-top, crunchy bottomed,

pepperoni-by-the-slice pizza

they sell at the store

where you just might have to run

last minute

to some avocado oil

for the vinaigrette.

Olive oil, after all,

could kill you.

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