Digestible sonnets

Let poetry be pastry,
sweet almonds, bold; versed
from beds and stones.

From Caracas to Madras
milk and honey words
that slow the hasty,
rich the poor and young the old
served digestible sonnets.

Let poetry be giving
food for thoughts and
sweetness for the living.
Cause it’s in the mouths of men
were eating honeycombs
grows to ballads.

Still Life With Oysters And Pastries by Osias Beert

Still Life With Oysters And Pastries by Osias Beert

Kim challenge us to condense down “Sweetness Always” by Pablo Neruda at Toads. It felt almost like sacrilege, but I tried to cut away and add my own voice…

I will link up to Poetry Pantry tomorrow as well.

January 28, 2017

32 responses to “Digestible sonnets

  1. “rich the poor and young the old” Nice! I enjoyed your comment it was a bit like prying a beautiful rose garden… This “short” little poem took me quite a while – off and on all day. 🙂

  2. Wow Björn! your sonnet is delectable as well as digestible! I love the phrase ‘versed from beds and stones’ and that wonderful stanza that could so easily stand alone:
    .’Let poetry be giving
    food for thoughts and
    sweetness for the living.
    Cause it’s in the mouths of men
    where eating honeycombs
    grows to ballads.’

  3. I love this section:

    “sweet almonds, bold; versed
    from beds and stones.

    From Caracas to Madras
    milk and honey words
    that slow the hasty,
    rich the poor and young the old” … That was very clever, what you did there.

    Super sexy:
    “the mouths of men
    were eating honeycombs” … And yummy. I love chewing homegrown honeycomb, straight out of the jar.

  4. Poetry can be lots of things! In this age I myself prefer poetry that gives ‘food for thought’ – perhaps there will come a time for sweetness again……

  5. “Cause it’s in the mouths of men
    were eating honeycombs
    grows to ballads.”

    luv this stanza for its encouragement to woo with words
    Happy Sunday

    much love

  6. Aw great! I was already craving the pastry in you piece, but then, you show me those incredible delectables… that’s mean 🙂

  7. This is very cool. Loved the title! My favorite lines: milk and honey words that slow the hasty. I could roll that around ~ again ~ and again ~~~ it floats off the page

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