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A Note About Poetry

At its best, and perhaps most correctly defined, poetry is the art of using words to convey what words cannot contain. My fascination with poetry probably comes from that, or perhaps from the fact that I’m not naturally very good with words. It seems more natural to me to communicate without words, or with words augmented otherwise (such as with music). So getting words to carry meaning beyond their normal ability strikes me as nearly magical.

Love Sonnet XI

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.


(Pablo Neruda, “100 Love Sonnets”)

Quotes: Food & Love

A bit of a theme today, overlapping two of our main topics. First, some quotes for the thought mill, and shortly I’ll put up one of my favorite poems which blends the subjects deliciously.

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
    (Charles M. Schulz)

Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want.
    (Gael Greene)

Only two things that money can’t buy: that’s true love and home grown tomatoes.
    (Guy Clark, “Home Grown Tomatoes”)

So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it; and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied; and it is all one.
    (M.F.K. Fisher, “The Art of Eating”)

There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.
    (Thomas Wolfe)

Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
    (Harriet Van Horne, “Vogue” 10/1956)

See that’s what people don’t get about food. It’s never the food, it’s the love that goes into making it. That’s what’s important.
    (Sarah Strohmeyer, “Sweet Love”)

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
    (Cesar Chavez)

Hot Buttered Rum

On a properly wintery evening, this is often my drink of choice.  The “buttered” part tends to cause consternation in those who have not had it. Never let kneejerk reactions get the better of you! It has a very long history as a hot drink ingredient, and for good reason. In this case, it provides a wonderful, smooth topping to sip the rum through, and you will eventually find that it is one of the drink’s chiefest virtues.

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Sex Diet?

Don’t forget: a “diet” is about regular intake or habits, which means both what you do and what you don’t do. Some intentional diets focus on what to leave out of your life – say, processed sugars – and others on what to have enough of – say, cruciform vegetables. It’s all in what you want out of it.

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