The Book of Snacking

By Eliot Jacobson

I like to eat almond butter and
raisin sandwiches.
There’s a good reason for the word butter—
the fat content is listed at 26 percent.

Years ago, when I was
thirty pounds heavier and pre-diabetic
I promised my doctor I would lose weight and
get six-pack abs.

I told her,
I’m gonna look like
Clint Eastwood!

When I go for my annual physical
I wear shorts, a t-shirt, no socks,
get a haircut, fast for a day,
take laxatives,
skip my morning coffee.

When she measures my blood pressure
and pulse I hold my breath and visualize:

Saturday morning,
junior league at Matador Bowl.
Mom drops me off at
9 AM, gives me 35 cents
to buy a snack.
I bowl 155. The league
gives me a patch.

143 pounds, 110/60, that’s great! she says,
and look at those abs!

That’s enough worshiping,
I’d say.

Eliot Jacobson is a retired professor of mathematics and computer science who has a lifelong love affair with poetry. He has published several poems over the years but considers himself to be more of an affectionate spectator than a writer himself. Also by this poet: "Shopping for Godot"