There is a region called "Land of the Longing"
located in the province of Zamora
where the bride at a wedding must consume 21 longings:
Longing with salt.
Offered to the guests
to represent hospitality.
Coated in crumbs
to prevent sticking.
A bit boring, if you ask me.
No special spices or sweetenings.
Designed to fill cavities or retain juices
that otherwise might drip away.
(Whenever you are faced with life’s empty spaces,
simply cram with longing stuffing
for an instant feeling of potential satisfaction.)
Usually found in Paris,
or in people who want to go to Paris.
The long loaf of longing.
It used to be you could only find this in Paris
but it can now be found at most supermarkets.
Among the most popular varieties in the world.
Believed to contain the mysteries of life and death.
Contains additives, some of them non-nutritional.
Found on TV, the internet, bus stops and magazines.
Often criticised for its poor nutritional value
and bland taste. Available sliced or unsliced.
The miracle longing.
Usually brought about by saviours and prophets
on your behalf.
For duvets, pillows, and sheepskin rugs,
sofas, beanbags, and other comfy places.
You have held on to this one for too many years.
To get to the good stuff you'll have to break your jaw.
Always seems the most possible,
particularly in the morning.
No childhood would be complete
without wonder longing.
The type that pulls you high into the sky,
but once you are up there, you can’t let go. Ever.
At least three different varieties
The rustic variety: walks through the woods,
picnic hampers, a roll in the hay.
Eaten in the evenings with warm drinks
like traditional cocoa.
Can be developed slowly over time,
but often filled with too much hot air.
Tends to be flat but tasty.
Comes in handy when wandering through the desert.
The stuff of birthdays: trimmings, candles,
icing, silver balls, hundreds and thousands.
A longing snack.
For those who don’t want to commit
to a heartier longing.
Whatever might be left over
is shared with the wedding guests,
who are given bags filled with longing to take home.