From Apple Pie to Olive Oil

Poem by: Adam Van Buren

Summary

This poem examines the public's outrage at Jacqueline Kennedy's marriage to Aristotle Onassis, as well as her family's reactions.

Content

Submitted: January 28, 2014

A A A | A A A

Content

Submitted: January 28, 2014

A A A

A A A


From Apple Pie to Olive Oil

Safety has a price (beady eyes set in a

greasy face)  Security comes with a cost (Jackie

leaves Uncle Sam for Zeus!)  Children torn from

baseball and apple pie to languish

among urns and olive oil.  Skyscrapers down

to temples, Heaven to Olympus.

What can you do for your country?

 

 

Bobby’s bed sheets rustle with soft

accusations (“Why are you leaving?”)  The sky

of Teddy’s eyes swims with whiskey clouds (“Do you

even love him?”)  Mother sighs with

concealed delight – no boulder will block

her cash flow, the green river to Grecian shores.

What can you do for your country?  (Stop it, Jack!)

 

 

John’s lips pucker in handsome

defiance.  “What about my friends,

Mummy?” he cries in a tone so

unbecoming of an Adonis who will

tempt mortals and goddesses alike.

“I don’t want to live on an island!”  (Never

mind that he strides princely through the

streets of Manhattan, turning subways and

taxis into his own iron Camelot.)

 

 

Carol’s eyes fall defeated to the plush

carpet.  She too longs to remain in the

realm of dances, with young men impressed

by de facto nobility.  Muscular bodies roam the shores

of the Atlantic but grow weak and weary miles west of

the Mediterranean.

 

 

A nation glares on; TV screens flicker

in colorless judgment.  Blue collars – with

their talk of equality, their inherited

resentment of monarchy – sulk as though

the queen has abdicated her throne.

What has she done for her country?


© Copyright 2016 Adam Van Buren. All rights reserved.

From Apple Pie to Olive Oil From Apple Pie to Olive Oil

Status: Finished

Genre: Historical Fiction

Houses:

Details

Status: Finished

Genre: Historical Fiction

Houses:

Summary

This poem examines the public's outrage at Jacqueline Kennedy's marriage to Aristotle Onassis, as well as her family's reactions.

Add Your Comments:

Other Content by Adam Van Buren

Add picture

Paste the link to picture in the entry below:

— or —

Drag a picture from your file manager into this box,
or click to select.

Add video

Paste the link to Youtube video in the following entry:

Existing Comments:
Bad selection

Cannot annotate a non-flat selection. Make sure your selection starts and ends within the same node.

(example of bad selection): This is bold text and this is normal text.
(example of good selection): This is bold text and this is normal text.
Bad selection

An annotation cannot contain another annotation.

Anonymous
Really delete this comment?
Anonymous
Really delete this comment?

There was an error uploading your file.


    
Anonymous