by Caryl Barnes
My sister eats fancy these days –
Up with crystallized ginger, acai berries, and kiwi slices on Scottish oatmeal–
steel-cut and organic from heritage seeds.
Down with a banana and Rice Krispies –
No more snap, crackle, and pop.
Up with 80% cocoa in dark chocolate from Holland.
Down with Hershey bars.
My sister follows the Three E’s:
My sister does not eat common food these days.
We are what we eat.
My sister has become someone else.
I miss her.
Caryl is one of several In Print members to have her work on Public Displays of Affection featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.