Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Other Treats

The tweet from a Helm’s Bakery truck
let us know it was out on the street.
Neighbors and kids swarmed around

to order buns, donuts 
or sliced bread
Suddenly the trucks were gone
when neighborhood grocery stores

started filling up once empty lots
offering Hostess goods
at a lower price, packaged in bright colors.

One day a big surprise,
pre-wrapped lunch treats
Twinkies, Ding Dongs

Sno-Balls, Ho-Ho’s and Suzi-Q’s.
Mother rarely bought them, 

except at the outlet.

Several years later they are still around
iconic for three generations,
promised to be the only food to survive

an Armageddon... but not the worker’s
union. Hostess is facing bankruptcy 

production will stop

and even though I’ve not tasted
one for over fifteen years
I can't find it on the shelves

only on-line for 10x’s the price.
Atlantic surges and super storms,
respected generals 

toppled from their thrones,

fiscal cliffs with dire warnings 

and Hostess bakeries 
closing their doors.

Zingers, pies and cupcakes
Hostess O’s and raspberry donuts
all gone never to return
the end of the world has surely come.  

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