“This bitter, green fruit soaked in brine
is palatable, but I wish
to make the flavor more divine
by stuffing in some oily fish.”
“That thistle up there on the hill,
though spiny-sharp and armor-tough,
might prove to be delectable,
if it were just boiled enough.”
Who first made such discoveries?
Were they intended to be jokes –
the olives stuffed with anchovies
and boiled hearts of artichokes?
Though I think they are delicious,
their origins seem pernicious.