Buying Vegetables

Buying vegetables

Was a simple task

As we scanned the market shelves

glossy outsized sprouts


bright yellow fruits

Tempted us

And we succumbed


But times have changed

And buying vegetables

Has become quite an art

For now I search for holes

and traces of soil

On the cabbages and iceberg lettuce

The little green worms that hide in the folds

Of broccoli and cauliflower

Are  a welcome sight

I look for carrots that are small

with a cavity or two

The same goes for leeks and beets and beans


Even the humble bandakka and vambattu

Are not free of the chemical curse

Sprayed on them in unlimited doses

The deadly poison trapped within

when digested

invades our systems

And strike us down

With some strange and deadly