metagraph redux

— for Chien-Ling Liu  

                             In a Time of Cuisine
                             A fact the gourmet
                             euphemism can’t silence:
                             vegetarians eat sex,
                             carnivores eat violence.
                             — Les Murray, April 2004

                  Fair Play
         Herbivorous scruples
         betoken the coward —
         men eat flesh on credit
         ere they get devour’d.


My wife and I — we’re pals. Marriage is fun.              
Yes: two can live as stupidly as one.              
— Philip Larkin, January 1954               

My readers are my friends, my verses true enough.
If I can fool myself, the world will buy my bluff.