United States, (b. 1953)
Ode to Bacon Grease, the Key Ingredient of Southern Cuisine
- Does your soul find sweet release
- in meals home-cooked with bacon grease?
- And living now in Northern clime
- do you yet long for food sublime
- prepared with rendered flesh of swine?
- Or having sloughed the South’s compulsion
- for salty, smoky pork emulsion
- do you melt Crisco instead
- to lubricate your hoe-cake bread
- and wonder where the tang has fled?
- When in your closing, twilight scene,
- your arteries cholesterol clean
- but life’s lamp fading ne’ertheless
- will you yet shun the blessed porcine mess
- in vain pursuit of wholesomeness?
- Take heart, for soon we slip our mortal coil,
- through tunnel toward the light to toil
- and gladly leave behind canola oil,
- to sup again with our wise Creator
- who doubtless saves bacon grease in his refrigerator.
Originally published in: Post to the Host, December, 1996, at the Prairie Home Companion web site at: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/.
About the Poet
Duncan Turner (b. 1953), poet and lawyer with the Badgley-Mullins law firm in Seattle, Washington where he specializes in commercial litigation, products liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, and employment law.
Duncan (originally from Mississippi) claims that he is also “famous for the best pork barbecue in Seattle, using the time-tested secret family recipe.” [DES-6/03]