Now the spoiler has come

by Donato Mancini
Now the spoiler has come: does it care?
Not faintly. It has all time.
                                                        – Robinson Jeffers
Now the spoiler has come:
from wind-borne particle-dusts
yeast, bacteria and mould
cause soft-rot decay in Chinese chard
slime or ropiness in luncheon meat
microorganisms, spores
undesirable buttermilk-like
off-flavours in citrus juice
changed viscosity and mouth-feel
hazardous explosions of glass jars
bad-egg odours:
does it care?
Not faintly. It has all time.
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sources:
Robinson Jeffers “Carmel Point”
William H. Sperber and Michael P. Doyle, Eds. Editors
Compendium of the Microbiological Spoilage of Foods and
Beverages