I have the money in my pocket, a limited amount
so I’ll have to try my best to make every penny count.
When we’re on the road it’s non perishables
I scan the aisles for,
as much sustenance and variety
as dried goods and cans can hold.
When there’s a kitchen
somewhere in my life
the choices are more abundant but still,
I have to pick and choose,
stretch a buck and do my best
to read each and every label.
Corn syrup, red 40, GMOs,
sugar, sugar, sugar,
“some artificial flavors added,”
what the heck is anhydrous dextrose?
How can I make the right choices
and still keep everyone fed
So, we started reading labels
and I’m more confounded than before.
Why does everything red, purple or orange
have to have red 40?!
Even my blueberry newtons,
fruit snacks, goldfish crackers too?
Would it be so much harder to use beet juice
than this brain invading goo?
Big business is the bottom line,
and healthcare doesn’t mind
if my family gets a little sick
or takes years to slowly die.
My budget is my own problem,
my family’s health my concern alone
and things are constantly slipping
farther and farther from progress.
So I’ll stroll the aisles and I’ll try
to do the best I can
and maybe someday someone
will let me plant a garden on their land.