Those who know me well would tell you that I see the world through a lens of food. I hate to miss a chance to dine or to snack! So why not take a culinary approach to a big and current political debate?
© 2002 Steven E. Cutts
a Studio C recording, March 2007
A recent immigrant orders lunch in a local Chinese restaurant;
Julio says, " ¡ Ho-la ! ¿ Me gustaria egg foo yung?"
Fu Ming Lee does not speak Español; his English even now is just so-so,
But they're communicating, creating a whole new mother tongue.
Beef burritos, terriyaki; chili salsa; green wasabi;
Korma, kabobs, hot knishes; nation-building kinds of dishes.
Morning, noon, and night adding more new spices to the flavor of America,
Expanding the franchise beyond burgers and French fries.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner: we're serving up a brand new version of America;
Communion of the masses; many into one.
I myself was raised on Wonder Bread, and TV dinners; here is what we said:
"They’re as American as baseball, Mom, the flag, and apple pie."
But now a New World Order's taking shape from across the borders on my plate,
A smorgasbord of tempting treats deliciously diversified.
Shrimp tempura, udon noodles -- common now as apple strudel.
Lamb sovlaki, chicken curry; tastes can sure change in a hurry!
Morning, noon, and night . . .
Maybe we should change the motto: "One nation under food."