I've gotten better at over the years:
pouring milk into a bowl of cold cereal.
And it's odd, because
in the old days of old, I ate cereal
and my skills never improved at all!
now that it's a rare treat, though
- step back!
Recognize the flaws
in my technique - correct them.
The world 'cereal'
derives from Ceres, a greco-roman
who if I remember my mythology
right, was known for being raped
by the god of dead people and,
also for eating a lot of cereal.
But there's a nutritious truth
behind these myths! Which is:
we had Corn Flakes, Grape Nuts,
all manner of Chex, Life,
Buck-Wheats (wherefore art thou,
Buck-Wheats?), Shredded Wheat, Mini
-Wheats, Wheaties, Branny
-O's, Cheerios, Raisin
Bran, and Cracklin' Oat
I'm barely scratching the surface - you name it.
Except: no cereal with sugar
as the first ingredient.
(No Cap'n Crunch, Boo-Berry, Lucky
Charms) for those we had to hold out
'til Grandpop and Grandmom's
- which made those visits special!
We went through so much sugar, I swear
I would fill my bowl heaped
to a height and a half
corn-flakes balanced like a stack of Jenga, then
pour the milk on down and through (flashing
and splashing at all angles!), the milk level up
to the brim of the bowl. When I finished the cereal,
there would still be a half-bowl of milk
and I'd say, "Damn. Well, I guess
I need to pour some more cereal in
And four, five more heaping tablespoons full
I still love cereal,
but I never put sugar on anything now.
Must be some difference
in a child's metabolism. Sugar,
at that growing age,
is just what the body needs
- and that message is sent to the brain
and received! And acted upon. Rightly
The word 'sugar'
derives from Sugos, the ancient
Mesopotamian god of youthful exuberance,