We live in a country
where there is an abundance of food,
Where supermarkets overflow with thousands
of products from which to choose
And fill your cart until it, too, is overflowing,
Where people with food stamps (not food stamps
anymore, but an anonymous-looking credit card
issued by the government) fill their carts
with soft drinks and snack foods and pre-packaged
instant faux nourishment because it would be
discrimination to insist they buy anything that
is actually nourishing.
A country where children younger and younger
are being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes
because they live on fast foods and junk foods,
But worst of all, we live in a country where
restaurants fill your plate to overflowing and
much of it ends up in a garbage disposal
because portions are so oversized.
We live in a country where WASTED FOOD
has become the norm, but worst of all,
a country that could provide for all the
starving children in third world countries,
but in some instances, doesn’t
because the dictator of a country
refuses aid for his dying people.
We live in a world of plenty
where obese shoppers have access
to motorized carts to enable them to
whiz through the supermarket filling up
their carts with more junk food and snacks
and giant size soft drinks loaded with sugar
Meanwhile, millions of children are starving
to death in many parts of the world.
This, I believe, is the true paradox of plenty.
Sandra Lee Smith
Written May 15, 2009/updated June 30, 2018