Little Man Tan (a poem of food rejection)

Pine nuts, banana, rustic white bread,
was the dinner eaten by Desmond instead
of the salty rib eye,
eaten by Vi,
along with beet greens, feta, pine nuts, and mint.
His refusal to eat was much more than a hint.
Was there too much pink in the steak cooked medium rare?
Too much red in the beet greens sauteed with such flare?
Was the feta too white?
The green mint not quite right?
Desmond eating food with color is often a figment,
a frequent rejection of foods with any sort of pigment.
But he does sometimes eat an occassional pickle.
Like all kids his taste is consistently fickle.
—Hugh

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