I am told it is now a crime
to add sassafras instead of dill
to pickle brine.
I was surprised such a thing
had been legislated,
though I think it is a local ordnance
and your radical cooking tendencies
are safe in the next county over.
I like to think this was passed
after the bottle was passed
after the cork fell and rolled under the table
to a spot no one could reach
without getting on hands and knees.
I doubt I will ever vote again
for a chef with political aspirations,
no matter how many recipes
his cookbook has for eggplant.
copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney