By Stephanie Davis 1998

To eat, or not to eat, that is the question:
Whether ‘tis better for the stomach to suffer
The pains and agony of hunger
Or to take a chance in buying cafeteria food,
And in buying eat it?  To go hungry, to starve –
No more – and by eating to say we end
The growling and stomach-ache
That hunger causes.  “Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished.  To consume, to eat;
To eat, perchance to digest.  Ay, there’s the grub;
For in that food of the cafeteria, what illness may come
When we have shuffled through the cafeteria line
Must give us pause.  There’s the bacteria
That makes salmonella of so long life.
For who would bear the heaves and purges of food poisoning,
The cook’s wrong, the hungry student’s contumely,
The pangs of despised food, the meal’s decay,
The nausea of school lunch and breakfast
That the consumption of the uncooked meat causes
When he himself might his own lunch make
With sanitary utensils?

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