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Menu, for the discerning Connaisseur, svp

Day 7:-a poem based on a news article.

Glopowrimo / Napowrimo 2020


Monsieur, pray

be seated

for the feast may

commence à l’instant

the wine is poured


Here for your dining pleasures

an array of curious pairings

guaranteed to enhance tastes

and delight base yearnings


to this lofty destination

may we make the following suggestions

in no particular order



Malbec goes well with baked beans on toast or marmalade ladies

try it with salted porridge posset or cherry blossom brandies


Riesling goes well with fluffy white rice

Sauvignon Blanc is perfect with delicate spiced mice


a chilled glass of Zinfandel

is the accompaniment, one can tell

for a handful of rocky mountain oysters*

shaken, never stirred


a prairie oyster**, on the other hand

would seem quite bland without the pre-requisite exquisite

packet of Tim-Tams***, slammed+


Cabernet sauvignon is quite a song

when drunk along with faggots or haggis

Pinot Grigio goes a treat sipped with

Jammy Dodgers**** or cheesy maggots++


If you’d care for a nibble of witchetty grubs*****, Monsieur, crispy grasshoppers or such

or a feed of fried spiders or wasp crackers, then please match these, their oily crunch

with an appetizer of Chai Lattes or Mai-Tai’s, well sucked


Perfect appeal, Mint Julep with June bugs on a hot summer’s night

Cold frosted beer with silky whelks and sticky eels, well congealed

is just right


Don’t you think?

Monsieur, are you feeling alright?


You may enquire, what’s the correct drink for stink heads****** and picked eggs?

A violet, violent, crimson rich Syrah with good legs, perhaps


While, à l’instant, Monsieur, we notice your sudden sickly smile


you would care for a simple tisane of mint and chamomile?







*Rocky Mountain Oysters:  deep fried, battered bull’s testicles


**Prairie Oysters: raw egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and/or Tabasco, salt and black pepper. Popular cure for a hangover


***Tim-Tams: chocolate covered chocolate covered biscuits from Australia. +Tim-Tim Slam: sucking tea through the filling of the biscuit, before the biscuit dissolves in the hot liquid


**** Jammy Dodgers: Jam filled shortbread biscuits from the UK


***** Witchetty grubs: Native to Australia, large, white wood-eating larvae eaten by Aboriginals


Crispy grasshoppers, deep fried spiders and wasp crackers exist. Asian delicacies

++Maggot Cheese is Sardinian. A sheep’s milk cheese containing live insect larvae. Called Casu Marzu


****** Stink heads: fermented head of king salmon , buried and left underground for weeks. ( omg!)



April 7 2020



Café 7, St. Prex














I grabbed for a warm hand

ful of cherry blossom, shoved

it in my mouth, impatient

for the fruit

I couldn’t wait


there was no juice or blood but

the petals stuck pink and delicate in

and around my mouth in

muted protests  — too late

I sucked escaping perfumes in

to my nostrils to taste them but

in return I got a mischievous tickle

then a revengeful sneeze


flower matter fell in

patterns on the grasses, rosy in

against the daisies and dandelions

a mess? a waste?  — not a bit of it!


I grabbed another fistful, look

I drank a gulp of liquid sky, stuck

out my tongue and lapped at muted

blues and grays — a graze of breeze

on bare skin like breath on a mirror, look

I twirled in a blur of birdsong, frantic

with spring, immersed in all this


I grabbed another fistful of cherry babies

and jammed them in my mouth

then I went at the lilacs

still green, not quite purple

my throat thrown open

btw April 26 2018

Napowrimo day 26:- write a poem that includes images that engage all five senses. Try to be as concrete and exact as possible with the “feel” of what the poem invites the reader to see, smell, touch, taste and hear.