When I was a young child
An omnivore diet I ate.
I wasn’t very adventurous,
The same few things appeared on my plate.
I liked to eat egg, chips and beans,
Or sometimes sausage and mash.
Occasionally I’d have fish fingers and peas,
Or maybe corned beef hash.
I didn’t like many vegetables,
Only peas, baked beans and carrots.
No one could make me eat my greens,
I’d never even heard of shallots.
My range of fruit went as far as apples,
Bananas, an orange at Christmas.
I preferred to eat biscuits and cakes and bread,
Peanuts and crisps, not citrus.
When I went veggie I ate lots more eggs
And cheese instead of the flesh foods.
Fat and more fat, cholesterol and fat,
But rarely increased the plant foods.
Now that I’m vegan, when they say to me,
“My goodness, what do you eat?”
I take a deep breath as I smile to myself
And happily repeat:
“I eat lettuce and spinach and onions and leeks,
Mushrooms and cabbage and beetroot;
Tomatoes and chard and purslane and sprouts,
Alfalfa and clover and bean shoots.”
“I eat mangos and apricots, pineapples and pears,
Almonds, sultanas and cashews;
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries,
Dates, prunes, avocados.”
My diet today is the most varied it’s been
Ever before in my lifetime.
High nutrition I get from my living food,
Not to mention the taste which is sublime!