|How to Eat an Artichoke|
How bodies of matter are attracted
to centers of celestial bodies
like air to hearts of earth and artichokes:
I put my dish atop the table in time
for tiny she to charge and hug my knees
and climb on lap to touch my nose with hers.
What did you bring me? I brought artichokes,
so pulled one out for her (which stopped
her patting pockets for her absent presents).
She wiped her hands and grabbed its strange surface,
so I showed her each layer’s gift and how
to scrape soft bits from spiky leaves until
arriving at the choke, then carefully
removing it to reach the heart of gold—
Right here, I said, is the hidden treasure.
And wait until you try one with butter!
She closed her eyes to taste the last moment
and then, she laughed, breaking concentration.
Whooping, off she ran to greet others
and tell them of the arctic-joke her aunt
brought her. We grinned, adults around the room.
Before we got our food and chokes we each,
I’m sure, recalled our first encounters with
arctic and other jokes—at least we tried.
We know our bodies’ gravity attracts
matter to feed our hungry hearts, but nothow we centered there once upon a time.
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