But We Ascend 

by Sarah Choi

 the chef 

goes through hundreds of heads of cauliflower

In Hell’s Kitchen

the daily menu is something

of an artwork itself

In Hell’s Kitchen

the prices are so high that you might

find yourself straining to calculate the best deals

In Hell’s Kitchen

people of all ages, dressed in their night-clubs best

to be served an endeavor 

In Hell’s Kitchen

it’s an excellent show for the ten seat counter

along which piles of food provide a barrier of sorts

In Hell’s Kitchen

PEAK STRAWBERRIES

FIGS

GIANT SCALLIONS

SQUID

OCTOPUS TENTACLES

RIBS

AND OLIVE OIL AND SALT TOMATOES

In Hell’s Kitchen

But we ascend

And we will not be eating

In Hell’s Kitchen