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September 2005, vol 1 no 2

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Tad Wojnicki

Eating Very California

After a downer of a day, I take an upper -- a long jog down Salad Bowl Boulevard to the Cherry Bean for a decaf and half-and-half, and then, a self-fixed dinner. No mean day anymore. Slumped in a rough-hewn chair on the redwood deck under the live oak, I chomp on stringy celery stalks between long swigs of the beet borsht.

celery supper
sweet notes
drawn from every string

I top off this treat with a wedge of watermelon. A strictly veggie dinner—fruits of the earth. That's what I call treating myself right—having my fill, but, instead of feeling mean, feeling lean.

leaf half gone
the worm turns
leaf green


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