It all began with a tweet. A gauntlet thrown my direction, picked up in a moment of weakness: boredom. Who can resist the lure of a challenge when they’re bored?
I wish I could write a beautiful poem about cheese.— Raven Darkly (@DarklyRaven) December 4, 2019
I once wrote a sonnet about roadkill. I’m down with an ode to cheese. When I was a kid, my parents owned a store in Daytona Beach: The Cheese Shoppe. My hastily penned poem might stink like yesterday’s Limburger smeared on an old fashioned radiator, but how could I resist it? It’ll pair nicely with that other sonnet.
Feel Free to Dis a Brie, But I Think It’s Gouda’nuff!
It began as a sonnet on cheddar
But a Limburger Limerick is better
And there’s nothing to lose
When singing the bleus –
If a lady would sing, you should let her.
Okay, that’s not “beautiful.” Let’s try this again, with a purely autobiographical sonnet.
Cheese Wheel of Life
“I’ve a craving,” I said, “Grilled Havarti on rye,
With horseradish–a copious slather!”
“But we’ve just finished dinner,” he said, with a sigh.
“Chocolate cake!” he said. “Wouldn’t you rather–?”
“Well, I might, but we wouldn’t,” I said, with a wink,
Looking down at my over-large belly.
And that’s when I brought proud Papa to the brink:
“Blue cheese! Habanero! And jelly!”
“Gorgonzola?” he asked. “Chocolate and chips?”
I nodded and grinned my unbridled delight.
“With mangoes and brie? From your ears to my lips!”
We danced through the groceries all night.
Now we are three, and oh, sweet Baby Bel–
What pairs well with strained carrots and white zinfandel?
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