. An Appeal I want to be a fiber on your loom, A constant fixture in your living room, A luscious morsel that you save for last. It's time for us to build a solid past, If only to secure a firm foundation Where we can play it loose and found a nation That's sprung directly from our very loins Like flowers where a stream the meadow joins. Admit it now: Our bond would be unique And make us glad to turn the other cheek, And you, my dear, need only be yourself, No brittle figurine upon my shelf Along with all my other gimcrack treasures. Imagine, now, the salutary pleasures Our union would so amply guarantee, Should we engage in brisk monogamy. . . C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Australia and India. His collection, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder was published in 2013 by White Violet Press.