The Bento Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

I find Asian cultures fascinating, and not least Japanese culture. There are a number of pop culture renderings of Bento, but it more closely means convenient, so a bento box lunch is merely a convenient lunch. The furishiki is a small cloth for wrapping the bento box in (these have found other uses in the west in recent years).


“Let things taste the way they are.”  Alice Waters

The Bento Life

Her movements were certain,
a well practiced art,
pre-prepared love in rice and duck,
she gathered all the pieces
as she gathered her thoughts
and filed them precisely
in slot after slot,
as yesterday, today, so tomorrow,
her love note
his lacquered bento box,
and as she wrapped it in the
womb of the furoshiki
and tied it well,
she knew that it was her love
alone that would hold it together.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under creativity, Free Verse, life, love, poem, quote

28 responses to “The Bento Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Form follows function. The precise wording of the poem matches the preparation of the bento box lunch.

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  2. I loved this idea and kids think it’s a special treat

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  3. When I unwrapped my bento box lunch, I said, “Where is the meat?”

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  4. This is quite touching, Paul. You taught me two concepts I was unfamiliar with. Thank you.

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  5. What a wonderful title and motif.

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  6. Love this poem. I once had a shop in a mall and there was a Japanese couple who lovingly prepared sushi and Bento boxes, and I always felt that when I bought food from them I was getting so much more.

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  7. A wonderful metaphoric poem, and great information too.

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  8. Loved it. It’s wonderful that poetry can flow from a bento box.

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  9. lync56

    Very deep


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