Gary Soto has written several collections of poetry. His latest collection for teens, Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing, his poems cover the highs and lows of love.
Here’s a selection entitled, Vegan For Your Love:
No chicken or chops,
No burgers with chow mein with pork,
No milkshakes thick as wet cement,
No buttered bread for my favorite beef jerky.
“I’m hardly hungry at all,” I say,
And smooth the the blanket where we lay in nature,
Ants with their antennae up and feeling
Four handouts. I’ve lost four pounds
In two weeks, and by the end of the month,
I’m going to be like that red ant-
Waist so thin, I’m a vegan begging
For sprouts and, oh please, a single blade of grass.