I am eating a hot dog,
On the television
my favorite Jersey boy,
food and travel writer,
undergoing combat training
to prepare for filming
in Iraq or Liberia.
The training, chaotic and graphic.
This mock war zone,
to last week’s run-in
with the Mexican policia
I encountered while retuning to the US.
The dangerous exchange
a repeat from previous adventures
to the Mexican coast
for relaxation and refreshing waters.
These issues always resolved
with the almighty American dollar.
My mind wanders
to riots in Baltimore,
earthquakes in Tibet,
volcanic eruptions in Peru, Hawaii.
The world shifting,
shaking up the structure of things,
no country untouched by destruction.
Bourdain sums it up
in rice porridge,
an array of animal guts and courage
in a warm bowl before him.
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