Red Velvet

Red Velvet
When I’m hungry
All I can see is food

Like today, in this dry desert heat
With only the apples from yesterday
A can of baked beans, for a campfire dinner
And tomorrow morning’s apple-cinnamon oatmeal

Now all I want
Is a red velvet cupcake
With cream cheese icing
And, perhaps, some sprinkles. Chocolate?

But the nearest one
Is a hundred miles back up the road
In a day-old bin, beside the rye bread
And a few more apples

I snap the picture
Check the time
Just after noon
Considering my options…

Petrified Forest National Park
Arizona, United States of America

Taken during travels, 1995