potato
I envy you,
unselfconscious earth dweller 
you
free to wink at root vegetables
with those mysterious fertile eyes
the Leonardo DiCaprio of food
no introduction needed
whether wrapped in foil 
or a wrinkled paper bag.

potato
now that I have met you
unwashed
lolling in giant clods of earth
or modestly half-hidden
from your curvy waist down 
gowned in gravel
still
I like your presentation.

potato
I get you
the way you stick your face right up into mine
as I glisten in the Israeli sun
you
not caring in the least how many eyes 
or blisters or bruises or sagging skin
you model.

potato
more than others I have carried in my pail
you are ugly and grotesque and beautiful
with all that you are
and all you are not
come along with me
and feed the hungry people.

potato
I dare you
pulled from dirt
so round and so not-round
plain yet ornamented
with fingers and toe and ears
with nodes and knots and silly noses...
come
be great
come feed the world.

Sandy Dreis
July 2016
(inspired by the vision of Rabbi Mark Cohen and Leket Israel)








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