"Rosie the Riverter," by Norman Rockwell‘Dieting Can Be Hell’ by Kathy Figueroa The Society July 23, 2016 Humor, Poetry 2 Comments This dieting can be Hell With nary a late-night snack I wage a constant battle When the hunger pangs attack And should I dare venture out To the neighbourhood café The waitress takes my order And “salad” is what I say When at the farmers’ market I’m careful where I inhale If too close to the pastries My diet will surely fail Falafels and samosas Torment me in night visions While lettuce figures largely In my mealtime decisions No more tasty onion rings Or scrumptious golden french fries No more sublime bread puddings Lemon squares or berry pies I only dream of pasta With rich, red tomato sauce …That’s until my bathroom scales Show a substantial weight loss Every store-bought beverage Now must bear close scrutiny And won’t ever touch my lips Unless it’s calorie free To date, I’ve lost a few pounds My step’s a bit more sprightly I can squeeze into my clothes And don’t feel so unsightly So, a salute to all folks Who must struggle with weight gain I’m waging that same battle …And certainly know the pain Kathy Figueroa is a writer and poet living in Ontario, Canada. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 2 Responses Janice Canerdy July 23, 2016 I enjoyed this well-written poem, and I can relate to it! Janice Canerdy Reply Damian Robin July 24, 2016 Well done, Kathy — with the poem and keeping disciplined. I posted it on my Facebook page with the caption “Rosie the Riveter a good choice for this exhibiter of food riot and being its inhibitor.” Do you have a will of steel? Good luck ! Reply Leave a Reply to Damian Robin Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.