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  Gluttony and I
by Lonnie Hicks
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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I have Gluttony's appetite! 
my calories intoxicate. 
Food plumps my mental wit; 
eating slight dulls merriment. 
Fill my tankard now! 
Let Gluttony abound! 

Heave comestibles round my plate! 
Obscure my seat mates stick-thin bags of bones. 
I vowed at 35 to then forsake 
the premature death self-denial brings. 

At death, in a coffin large, perhaps, 
no one will shame or condemn me 
simply because I ate my fill 
and bedded down with Gluttony. 

No one will say at my Wake 
"My he looks beautifully thin" 
rather I fully expect 
they'll ignore the matter of weight 
and comment "Humm. he looks real good dead." 

So I ask why should I restrict 
my draught and food intake? 

I hear the cat-calls 
and pleas all around 
"Keep eating that way and you will put your health at 
Maybe, but, we will all someday, 
in life, check out through double doors on high 
I for one want to order first 
a burger and some fries! 

Put there, too, in stone 
my final epithet; 
"He had a good time- 
Ate Everything In Sight." 

PS. While others at the funeral 
debate the yang and ying 
slip over by my coffin top 
won't you 
some spicy chicken wings! 

When they bury me, 
ignore those munching sounds 
you hear 
below the coffin closed. 
Some caviar, an aperitif 
at work, I suspect 
the happy traveler! 

Remember this: 

"Misunderstood he was 
and, too, dear friend Gluttony." 

So Gluttony smuttony. 
Who gives a care? 
Pass me friend the large ladle 
and an hour from now 
all of this 
will go to the wind! 
Gluttony, Gluttony 
friend to the end! 



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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/6/2011
More beer! More beer! And a coney dog or two. You can't take it with you. Patrick
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/29/2011
I love the point of view, Lonnie, LOVE it!!
This is witty, intelligent, funny and carries
in its light, well delivered lines a real message.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 6/29/2011
Well your writing is very sweet-tasting Lonnie!
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