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“Soul Food”

Chocolate Mint Milkshakes
don’t nourish bodies much, but
they sure can cause a soul to shine.

It’s natural to treat cuts and scrapes
with aloe and band-aids of funny shapes,
kiss it and wish it “all better.”

Yet those dark seasons come and
whisper “despair”; over here, over there,
pouring salt in wounds no one sees.

One of life’s cruelest tricks
leaves us broken and sick
no package to buy for our healing.

Soon it is June, the perfect time
to smell soft summer air drifting—
stringing hope like bright rays of sun.

In winter’s absence, grass grows
in shades of green; minty delights
meant to be tasted.

 

 

written for Sunday Whirl and Monday Melting; linked to dverse poets Open Link Night

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  1. I could taste it — my kids call it toothpaste ice cream πŸ™‚

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  2. Chocolate and mint: my two favorite flavors and my oh my how my grand kids love it!. I find that it sure can bring on the smiles and must be good for the soul as well. Great post.
    Joy

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  3. I’ve often wondered what Ice-Cream tastes like.. πŸ™‚

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  4. I am already riding that natural eye with the beginnings of spring, and already dreaming of summers taste of loveliness…i really felt the words of your heart within!

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  5. eye should be “high” see how your poem moved me!

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  6. very nice….Can I have chocolate syrup with mine? ;o)

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  7. excellent! and let me have that ice cream!!!!!!

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  8. I like the gamut of thoughts and feelings your poem makes us run here, circling back to the good that can had if we will just accept it. My fave line was ‘…stringing hope like bright rays of sun….”

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  9. I love the sound in this, so much alliteration and gentle rhyme. It has been a pleasure to read (and savor) several times over. πŸ™‚

    I LOVE mint chocolate chip ice cream.

    This is probably my favorite line: kiss it and wish it β€œall better.” Love the sound.

    no package to buy for our healing … This reminds me of how you locals call a liquor store a package store around here. I had never heard that term until meeting you.

    Lots of hope expressed here; depression and despair are only seasons, always followed by springtime renewal and growth.

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    • I agree with your comment. I secretly even put meanings on some words. I think they convey another thing.

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    • As always thank you for your thoughtful analysis…I’m honored you take the time to do so.

      It’s really interesting what you point out about the “package” store. So often, that is the “package” that is turned to in order to “heal” the unseen wounds, and most often, it only creates greater pain. I love that you made that comparison; it immediately gave the line greater weight for me.

      I’m also glad that the hope is so obvious in your reading of the poem…your last comment is exactly what I hoped to convey in this piece.

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  10. there is def hope that comes with the change of the season…both in nature and in life…and a little milkshake never hurt the mood you know…smiles.

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  11. I’m loving….but they sure can cause a soul to shine. Well said!

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  12. Beautifully thoughtful poetry, a take on the seasons and living in the now, enjoying it. And yes, I love mint choc chip too! Why do the most tasty things often turn out to be ‘bad for us’? We must enjoy our lives, ultimately, which is what, I believe, you are saying.

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  13. That’s my kind of green to graze. I enjoyed this.

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  14. I can smell……… I can taste, hmmmm, mint choc chip ice cream. Now see what you did? I liked the full circle of the piece, whenever all else fails, we still have hope.

    I hope to find a mint choc chip ice cream in the bowels of the freezer now πŸ˜‰

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  15. I don’t usually eat ice cream. I like this:

    Yet those dark seasons come and
    whisper β€œdespair”; over here, over there,
    pouring salt in wounds no one sees.

    One of life’s cruelest tricks
    leaves us broken and sick
    no package to buy for our healing.

    It reminds me of my marriage. Forgive me, I am just a heart broken one. Shalom!

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    • 😦

      I’m sure you have found a suitable substitution for ice cream.

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    • VE12,

      “Shalom” is one of my favorite words. Living in the South, I’ll sometimes hear somebody utter “Shalom y’all” πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad this resonated with you and you were able to find even deeper meanings with the words. And please don’t apologize about your honesty…it’s highly encouraged around here. I think many of us have known those “dark seasons” and appreciate the opportunity to just vent and be heard. One of the many blessings found in writing/commenting/blogging.

      Very appreciative of your visit and comments!

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      • Yeah, I was gonna say something about the grass, but I refrained. πŸ™‚

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        • Oh, man…there you go finding more layers…lol…that didn’t even cross my mind, but it does remind me of the sod farmers I once knew who would get VERY upset anytime someone called them grass farmers! Sometimes I would “accidentally” call them that just to get a reaction πŸ™‚

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  16. A big NO to that. I won’t need to find any substitution for ice cream. LOL

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  17. Mint chocolate chip ice cream tastes like summer to me. I love this!

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  18. No good for my diet, dude. πŸ˜‰

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  19. Very nice write, and the depth extracted from the subject matter is really rather awesome.

    And confession time. I don’t like ice cream. At all. Tried it, but it just doesn’t go.

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  20. Damn good writing. I didn’t even notice that these words came from the wordle.

    Pamela

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  21. chocolate and mint – yum! I like the natural way your poem makes a family of the words…

    Yet those dark seasons come and
    whisper β€œdespair”; over here, over there,
    pouring salt in wounds no one sees.

    hmm, not sure why that is speaking to me today.

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  22. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is my Favorite ❀

    I am glad you took the time to browse & comment my blog. Your blog is actually quite awesome, pretty interesting just like Chris`s lol

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    • Thanks πŸ™‚ Any comparison to Chris is a-ok by me…that guy cracks me up! Interesting for sure! πŸ™‚

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      • I am actually quite humbled that you two are both examples of people who have a high volume audience on your blogs & you actually took the time to like at my insignificant page lol

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        • I think your page is great…Your layout is very unique, and I can tell you put a lot of thought into your posts! I’m especially impressed now that I know your motivation to start your blog πŸ™‚ I think it’s incredible that you just decided you wouldn’t be stifled and went out to “find your own voice” with your own space!

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          • Thank you very much !! && I love that, to find my own voice, with my own space ! πŸ™‚

            This blogging thing is quite a new experience for me, at first I was quite baffled as to how to get started but I am easing into the process & I love it!

  23. purpleowltree1234

    Nothing quite like an indulgence to help ward off despair. πŸ™‚ Personally I’m quite happy with Kraft macaroni and cheese! Weird, I know. πŸ™‚
    Rach.

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