Taking Rice For Granted

Vintage Words


Lead and arsenic? We chew on lead

for fun here and arsenic goes down so

well. No one ever complained about

rice until the U.S. decided that China

grows a lot of it for usa.


Is all rice full of poison? Okay,

now how does oil come into

this debate? Nuclear waste

in rice paddy water sounds

like real rhetoric.


I never liked rice pudding 

but I have rice by the pounds

in the pantry. I'm doomed. I

own a rice cooker!


For crying out loud, rice

is dangerous. For whispering

too soft, there are echoed

warnings rising in white steam

in my kitchen above fire.


Frankly, I don't know where my food

comes from. I'm stupid that way.

I actually trusted the government

to keep me protected from rads

in the rice. When will I learn

the practicalities?


If the water is polluted, the food

cows eat, and the water they drink

is suspect m. Will that translate

into more lies from the government?

From industry? If the air is full

of bad news and the soil is corrupted,

then the water must be ... Oh stop!











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That was awesome.

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u r awesome too. - yr oldpoempalallets 

Lady A


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'I'm doomed. I own a rice

'I'm doomed. I own a rice cooker!'-Just want to shout this in the streets and tape the reactions.

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We're all dying for the sake

We're all dying for the sake of a dollar, what we don't know won't hurt right? I Always Love your exposés and critiques! Keep em  coming! Hugss 

Don't let any one shake your dream stars from your eyes, lest your soul Come away with them! -SS    

"Well, it's life SIMS, but not as we know it" - ¡$&am

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Belated thanks. alletsupearlyagainrepublishingoldstuff.


Lady A


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People get so carried away

People get so carried away with things nowadays. I love this.

...and he asked her, "do you write poetry? Because I feel as if I am the ink that flows from your quill."

"No", she replied, "but I have experienced it. "


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Found this comment jewel on a republished poem. U rock! - Lady A


u r long overdue for a song!







Lady A