On eating bacon…

If I eat this bacon will it really kill me
like the hemlock in Socrates’ final sip
or drowning as the S. S. Titanic sinks
because my doctor seems to think so

will this thick cut marble of porcine be
the straw that breaks the camel’s back
which tops my damn family’s history
of too sudden ends to too young lives

I’ve separated and discarded yokes,
taken up grains and wheat for toast
and my milk has been skimmed
of all character and flavor from fat

so over my decaffeinated cup of tea
I’m questioning whether this perfectly
prepared strip will be the very last
thing I ever eat, and if it’s worth it.

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