After De Chirico’s “The uncertainty of the poet” (1913)
Deleterious or good for your health?
Not a matter for a poet to decide;
and to say that we have no bananas
does not solve or abate the debate
on the edible crescent-shaped fruit.
Uncertainty reigns among painters:
De Chirico seems to have some doubt
and we are not told if he’s lost hope.
Yet he appears to have lost his head
when faced by an abundant bunch.
More positive is the poet Wendy Cope *
who enthuses on the exotic plant
in a humorous and enjoyable piece.
It is true that some men go bananas
whereas others go nuts or loopy
but literati like us should be neutral
on matters of dietary uncertainty.
© Luigi Pagano 2016