GUARANTEE OF QUALITY AND FRESHNESS by Lew Caccia

February 14, 2017

I opened the box, but I contemplated.
They truly are fine chocolates with soft
flavored centers. With the lid off
the coconut beckoned. As did the
maple nut butter and the orange and
lemon cream. All made of only the
finest ingredients, real fruit, and
one hundred percent real chocolate.
Each piece enrobed and wrapped
in freshness. Not to mention made
entirely in America, since 1923. But,
alas, the label recommends a serving
size of only three. And this is an age
of algorithms and analytics. Of discipline,
even self-denial. Not to mention the
campaign against something called
the obesity epidemic. But I do truly
enjoy those chocolates as much as the
confectioners enjoyed making them.
So I reached into the box, and ate
a lot more than three pieces.

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Lew Caccia serves as a professor at Kent State University at Stark, where he teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, professional writing, and literacy. His recent poetry has appeared in PraxisThe Storyteller, The Shepherd, hedgerow, The Write Place at the Write Time,and The Penwood Review.

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