April 12, 2008


how would one eat an allegorical steak

“Nice gravy” you may say

but from whence did it come

if the steak itself is not real


upon what would the mushrooms go

and what would accompany the mashed

potatoes cannot on a plate sit



at what point

do real potatoes and gravy

(and mushrooms)

connect to an imaginary steak



if there is gravy

with mushrooms and potatoes joined

the steak is certainly near


eat it and enjoy

as the gift of God for you



After a disturbing conversation with a

highly regarded Uncle and the question

of where literalism begins, if not from

the very beginning


Allegorical Steak
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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