They are talking about global issues on TV:
the politics of the Middle East —
signs of Russian aggression —
the disparity between the rich and poor.
And I am listening — sort of.
I am thinking mostly about the bacon
I plan to fry in a little while —
how I will cook it
turning it over, then over again
with tongs we have had forever.
When it is “just right”
I’ll lay it on paper towels —
pour off most of the grease
and then break some eggs
and drop them into the frying pan —
letting them spread out
on slightly reduced heat.
I will turn them over with a spatula
until the whites stop running
making sure the yolks
are not overdone.
The dishes we will use
will be warmed in the microwave
to maintain a desired temperature.
We will enjoy the simple meal
with little thought of pigs and chickens —
nor of the universal themes
set by the evening news.