Invented by Lear
A favourite nonsense word
Spoon-shaped three prong fork
Today is Thanksgiving in the USA. For my British friends that’s sort of like Harvest Festival. Anyway, besides doing not much and then sitting down to a large dinner, I found time today to go through another box of papers from my storage area, i.e. my garage floor. The gem above is what I found. I used to belong to a hobby group of publishers, poets and printers. This piece dates from about 1972-73. This might even be classified as an ancient manuscript.
I like Chinese food he said
Why’s that? He was asked
It’s got a taste, but I can’t declare
The flavour sometimes masked.
Allow me then to take you,
On a little tour
We’ll begin perhaps with India
And then Japan for more.
Refrigeration is paramount
To keep food fresh and nice
But when it gets to a certain point
You have to use some spice.
Garam Masala’s good and hot
And so is Madras curry
Important though that when you cook
Do it slowly, do not hurry.
Koreans like to pickle
And of course they serve with rice
Kim-chi is a favorite dish
But not like bread to slice
It’s hot and spicy and then fermented
Exotic food that they invented
To use the cabbages that they grow
Fields and fields, row after row
Viet-Nam has Pho, a tasty noodle soup
With chicken that comes straight from the coop
And then there’s China and its cuisine
Strange snake bile soup and owl spleen
Of course Chinese pepper has a fragrant smell
Makes many dishes go down really well
Especially when served with rice
Brings the taste to twice as nice
After China there’s Japan
Cultural creations made by man
Kaiseki, Japan’s most expensive eats
Carefully made artistic feasts
But being honest, you have a choice
Drive through a Subway and with your voice
Speak to an electronic clown
It will take your order down
And deliver it at window number two
Their creation will be made just for you.
Enjoy your sandwich, lunchtime fare
Often made with Asian care.