Rose asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 2 months ago

What is the theme of this poem and how does the author convey it?

“You Canʼt Write a Poem about McDonaldʼs,” by Ronald Wallace


Hunger is the only thing singing in my belly.

I walk through the blossoming cherry trees

on the library mall,

past the young couple coupling,

by the crazy fanatic

screaming doom and salvation

at a sensation-hungry crowd,

to the Lake Street McDonaldʼs.

It is crowded, the lines long and sluggish.

I wait in the greasy air.

All around me people are eating--

the sizzle of conversation,

the salty odor of sweat,

the warm flesh pressing out of hip huggers and halter tops.

When I finally reach the cash register,

the counter girl is crisp as a pickle,

her fingers thin as french fries,

her face brown as a bun.

Suddenly I understand cannibalism.

As I reach for her,

she breaks into pieces

wrapped neat and packaged for take-out.

Iʼm thinking, how amazing it is

to live in this country, how easy

it is to be filled.

We leave together, her warm aroma

close at my side.

I walk back through the cherry trees

blossoming up into pies,

the young couple frying

in the hot, oily sun,

the crowd eating up the fanatic

singing, my ear, my eye, my tongue

fat with wonder

of this hungry world.

This is the poem. Please help me. 

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