Paul Juggled Halal and Kosher

He examined them for differences
as they spun through the air before his face.

Part of his kitchen trick was to then insert
keto and vegan into the rotating circle.

It is not like his hands could tell his tongue
the differences in spiritual weight

or if God actually infused such meanings
into the preparation of food.

It is hard to say what conditions took place
to form these popular movements when they took hold.

He wondered if each word represented
a form of monetary interest garnered by the founders.

Preparing food to fit a prescribed set of limitations
felt like prayer to his hands

as he added a little turmeric and saffron
to the olive oil in the heating pan.

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