Swedish Carnival

No parade for us,
no flesh of thighs exposed,
(it’s way too cold)
no dancing in the street
(we’re not so bold)
no saints or idols on display
(we rather hide our gold)
We never carnival,
but we are happy still
to eat:
a bun with cream.
so soft and sweet,
an almond kiss that leaves
a splash of powdered sugar
on your nose.
A bun to bring the right
amount of balanced bliss,
before we stumble
into such a modest lent
that seems to be
like Monday on repeat.
We never carnival
in Sweden,
we are modest
and we eat our buns.

Today Amaya hosts at dVerse and asks us to write about the tradition of Mardi Gras and Carnival. We are very Modest here in Sweden which probably comes from our Lutheran traditions.

March 12, 2019

29 responses to “Swedish Carnival

  1. That looks/sounds yummy.

    What an adorable poem. Love this section:

    “but we are happy still
    to eat:
    a bun with cream.
    so soft and sweet,
    an almond kiss that leaves
    a splash of powdered sugar
    on your nose.”

    I really like the sing-songy nursery-rhymish vibe of that part.

  2. That bun looks like I could eat a dozen! I have a feeling that the Swedes do go crazy at times. After all, look at all the gorgeous blondes you have gifted to the world! And Midsumer! I like the rhythm in this poem, like it is dying to cut loose.

  3. I love your tongue-in-cheek Swedish carnival, Björn, which is right up my street these days, especially those delicious buns! I also like the sing-song rhyme, rather like the sing-song of the Swedish language, which I adore and wish I could speak. I especially enjoyed the lines:
    ‘an almond kiss that leaves
    a splash of powdered sugar
    on your nose’
    and
    ‘…we stumble
    into such a modest lent
    that seems to be
    like Monday on repeat’.

  4. As you said, “balanced bliss.” This seems to sum up much of what I’ve heard about your country. I love the little whimsical detail of the powdered sugar on the nose, as if that and the smiles it generates is better than a whole month of elaborate, ribald parading. It’s genuine.

  5. I chuckle at your depiction of “modest” Swedes, Bjorn. I suspect, nonetheless, there are stories to be told!

  6. This is very funny Bjorn, well done! I worked in the pulp and paper industry for a while…and I met quiet Swedes, but more than a few wild ones…excellent poem! JIM

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