Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Winter Poetry: Here to Stay

I'm great acceptable getting better at poetry. Bet you didn't see that coming. But with these monthly poetry challenges, I've really been working on it. I try different types of poems each month and really, I'm bound to get one right now and then. Right?

I've done silly and serious, haiku and rhyming. Each month has had a theme and that's not only provided inspiration and direction but allowed me to continue to challenge myself to progress. Lucky you. 

Today's theme is "winter". In my neck of the woods winter seems to be here to stay. You can accept it or be unhappy about it, doesn't seem to make any difference to Mother Nature. So today's poem is about, well, resignation.

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Whether the weather
Is a joy or a tether
Never, don't ever
Tell me so.
Engage or rage, whether a
Reward or cage

Have a fun snow date
A time to ski or skate 
Sit by the fire, meditate

Coffee, cocoa or tea
Oh, and spiked for me
My throw at the ready
Enjoying warmth: heady

Take time for a book
Or watch movies or cook

Shrimp Chowder, a delicious, filling chowder made with potatoes, corn, asparagus and bursting with flavorful shrimp  | Recipe developed by | #recipe #soup

Shrimp Chowder
Shrimp Chowder, a delicious, filling chowder made with potatoes, corn, asparagus and bursting with flavorful shrimp  | Recipe developed by | #recipe #soup

Soups and stews, a
Time for road crews
And a countdown each day,
Yes! Spring's 2 months away.

Oh, crap, we're back to "I suck at poetry". I'll do better next month, I promise hope.

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry by some of my friends:

From the Dark Days of Winter by Dawn of Spatulas on Parade. 
Winter Poems by Candice of Measurements of Merriment. 
The Warmth of Winter by Robin of Someone Else's Genius. 
Wicked Winter's Wonderless by Steena of The Angrivated Mom.
Winter Storm by Jules of The Bergham Chronicles.

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Shrimp Chowder
Printable Recipe
3 TBSP butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 TBSP flour
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups warm milk, divided
1/2 cup white wine (can substitute chicken broth)
1 large potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
2# medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 can (4 oz) baby shrimp, drained
1/2# asparagus, lightly steamed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 can (15 oz) corn niblets, drained
1 can (12 oz) can evaporated milk

*In a large pot, on medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and garlic. Cook and stir until the onion is soft.
*Whisk in the flour, cayenne and pepper. Heat and continue to whisk for 2 minutes.
*Add the chicken broth, the wine or chicken broth and the potatoes. Raise the heat and bring to a boil, lower the heat, add 1/2 cup of milk and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes or until the potatoes start to soften.
*Add the medium shrimp and the other 1 cup of milk. Simmer until the shrimp are pink, stirring now and then.
*Mix in the baby shrimp, asparagus, corn niblets and evaporated milk. Heat just until the soup is hot.


  1. What?! This is fabulous! Do quit your day job! :)

    1. LOL, whether humoring me or just making a joke, Diane, I'll take it!

  2. I didn't think it was bad.Give yourself some slack lady. Your skills are much better than you give yourself credit for. And PLEASE let's say that winter is NOT here to stay! brrr

    1. I'd love to say winter is not here to stay but unfortunately my toes are blocks of ice . . . and I haven't been outside.

  3. I love acrostics and I think you did very well here. I'm not a fan of winter, but I'm getting to like it a little better each year.

  4. Are you kidding, that was brilliant !! I hate winter and it really doesn't even get below freezing here very often!

    1. Have I told you lately how much I respect your taste in poetry?

  5. Love love love it!!! You did fabulous!!! You really do not give yourself enough credit in the poetry department!!! Plus, you mentioned coffee... Total bonus points!!! Loved it!!!

  6. Just have to say I don't like seafood............period
    Tim loves his prawns

    1. Tim's got good taste. And you are totally missing out.

  7. I have to agree with Diane! It's terrific.

  8. That chowdah would be perfect for dinner tonight here in NYC. It's finally cold and crisp out the way I like it! Heck, this winter has been nothing so far.

    1. Bite your tongue, you trying to jinx the entire state?

  9. I thought it was great. I don't know what you're complaining about. ;)

    1. Lets just say it wasn't exactly what I'd call my best effort.

  10. Girl, you have raw, untapped talent ready to burst! Before long you'll blow me outta the water! But first, you have to laugh! ;-)

  11. I liked your poem and thought it was good. The shrimp chowder recipe looks tasty, I'll make that some day.

    1. The Shrimp Chowder really is good, hope you do give it a try.


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