From Apple Pie to Olive Oil

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This poem examines the public's outrage at Jacqueline Kennedy's marriage to Aristotle Onassis, as well as her family's reactions.

Submitted: January 28, 2014

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Submitted: January 28, 2014



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?

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