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Eating By Color

Updated on April 8, 2014
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

Oswald Engelhardt, Kinderportrait, 1993. Hinweis: Die hier abgelichtete Person ist mit der Veröffentlichung dieses Bildes einverstanden
Oswald Engelhardt, Kinderportrait, 1993. Hinweis: Die hier abgelichtete Person ist mit der Veröffentlichung dieses Bildes einverstanden | Source





i sit in my usual spot,

java hot,

a plate of something

steaming next to me.


recreational eating.

a matter

to defray boredom.


i watch you silently

as you pile

more food on your junior sized plate

than you can possibly carry

back to your table,

lip tucked between teeth

brow furrowed

carefully balancing your treasure.


if we cooked by color,

your plate would be a winner;

corn next to fries

topped with catsup spilling over the side.


your mom studiously adds some carrots.

you frown at them

and to be honest

they don't look very good,

some kind of reconstituted, frozen

pretend-to-be food item.


you push over your your fries

make room for a hot dog-

just the dog.


you try to put the bun back on the table

but catch your mom glaring at you

so you let it go sliding down

into the trough you have made for it.


i know you will leave the bun on your plate uneaten,

carrots too--

with no word spoken


just a frown

as you consider them there on your plate,

or maybe not.





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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful imagination! I could see the plate while sitting here in my studio.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Bill!

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a style change! And what a superb description of a child's joyful and sinful eating habits. What fun that once was!

      Voted up and across the board.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great photo and a lovely emotion of a happy child

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      It's almost as if I am there.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey, I love how you make your eating recreational, and it seems your observation of the boy's plate is also very recreational. Yet, the information that you acquire while observing in this recreational fashion is deep and introspective. Very well written, congratulations on number 8. Jamie

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I adore this poem Audrey, it is actually my favourite of all the wonderful ones I have read that you have written. The imagery makes me feel I am sitting there at the table. Well done. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a fun read. I'm guilty of watching people eat too, especially the five hundred lb. man return to the food bar four times with plate piled high. The boy so typical, carrots yuck!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Audrey, you've captured this moment beautifully, right down to rejected bun and despised carrots. This familiar scene is played out everyday but you've made it so very endearing. Loved it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, that should be a picture of me when I was a little girl. But I would have eaten the carrots and left everything else. I love the profile in the background.

      Voted up, ABI and shared.

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      Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

      well said, Audrey.

      My kid tends to fill his plate the same way...lol

      They sure can be quite tacky when it comes to buffet :)

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      you are so on form Audrey.. love the first line...

      i sit in my usual spot,

      java hot,

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I could almost smell the child's meal! Unusual idea which works really well. This is innovative and makes us think about food in a different light. Great! Ann

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Will! It was a fun write for me--so I am glad that you enjoyed it as well!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Very clever and imaginative and it made me so hungry. Enjoyed.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Thank you Devika!

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      Midget38 2 years ago

      Audrey, it's so human not to accept things as they are. Goes for food too! Well said, and shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Such great imagery! Just finished my dinner but now am hungry all over again.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Audrey......Amazing how you bring your words to life and let your readers feel we are right there!....UP+++

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      LOL! This is a wonderful poem. Kids are a riot when it comes to eating. Your description of the plate of food is rich in word choice and I could just vision this child's plate of food. I remember, as a child, cooked carrots were the one thing I tried to avoid. I loved them raw, but cooked, oh no! Delightful poem!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you John! Hope you are doing well!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Audrey!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Jamie!! Recreational eating is a favorite past time of mine! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for reading this one Shyron!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hey Frank! Hope your summer is treating you well!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Suzette! It is funny how kids look at food!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Jo! Happy Labor Day weekend!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you Annart!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Hi Michelle! Thank you!!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you fpherj48! This one was fun to write!

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