A video of a poetic love letter to Whataburger is going viral.
Houston poet Amir Safi recently performed ‘Ode to Whataburger’ at the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival. “Oh Whataburger,” he says. “Texas-born titan, A-frame shelter, pilgrimage for the south. Church of meat, grease and longer waits. Perfectly-salted pulpit for the hungry. We are knelt before you in drive-through, in car seat or strangely-shaped table that consists of half-booth, half chairs. We have come to receive your honey butter chicken blessings.”
Safi told the Houston Chronicle he’s been trying to push himself “to write about everyday things we often overlook.” “Sometimes the everyday things are life-changing,” he said.
You’ve gotta watch the video:
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Whataburger loves it!
Whataburger loves 'Ode to Whataburger' -- of course! -- and sent out this tweet:
— Whataburger® (@Whataburger) October 15, 2015
Everybody loves it!
And here's more social media love:
— justin farmer (@austinisatwin) October 22, 2015
— Amir Safi (@AmirSafi) October 21, 2015
— deep fried kudzu (@deepfriedkudzu) October 19, 2015
@AmirSafi deserves the Nobel prize in literature for the Ode To Whataburger.
— Alex Kown (@peaceup_akown) October 18, 2015
— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) October 17, 2015
Everyone should go watch ODE TO WHATABURGER
— soso (@S0S0_S0PHIA) October 16, 2015
— Whataburger® (@Whataburger) October 16, 2015
— Total Frat Move (@totalfratmove) October 15, 2015
More about Safi
Safi talked with Texas Standard, the statewide public radio newsmagazine, about his viral poem.
Safi hosts a poetry night called Write About Now. One day, there was a food-themed open mic. Safi thought: “What food do I want to write about?”
“Naturally, Whataburger came to mind,” Safi says. “And I just start to write ‘What are all the things I like about Whataburger?’ and then this poem came to fruition out of that.”
Safi made the leap from biology to poetry.
“Biology in its essence is the study of life,” Safi told Texas Standard. “What can be more poetic then discovering how life works? I did study biology. It was a passion. I also had Iranian parents, who pushed met toward the sciences and the maths.”
Video: Watch Safi read 'Brown Boy. White House'
Note: We've corrected some of the words in the Whataburger poem.