Thai Beef Salad

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
A humorous account of conflicting purposes and interpretation.

Submitted: December 20, 2011

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Thai Beef Salad

I take a recipe out of my yellow folder.

"Oh no!" exclaims my flatmate,

"Not poetry!" 

"No," I reply. "It's a recipe for Thai beef salad."

But he doesn't seem convinced.

"Palm sugar, fresh corriander and Vietnamese mint.

Fresh hot chillies and a generous

Squeeze of lime juice. That's hardly poetry."

"Definite traces of romantic imagery and metaphor."

"Marinate the meat in fish sauce, soy and lime juice

For three hours, or overnight."

"Pure Eros."

"Drain the meat and fry in a hot frypan

And slice finely with a big sharp knife."

"Like she done to my heart. Similie."

"Serve on a bed of noodles

With a salad of greens and dressing."

"And they lived happily ever after.

Pure fantasy and complete bullshit.

It might make a half decent poem

If you change the ending."


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