Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wacky and Weird

I enjoy this monthly poetry group. I love that it encourages me to learn about and try my hand at different forms of expressing myself. The fact that we all work together to pick a theme each month gives me something to work with and a place to start. 

This month's theme took me by surprise. We chose Wacky and Weird Celebrations. If you google it, you'll find that each month is full of silly supposed holidays, national this day and international that day. They're really quite amusing, like Naked Gardening Day, Play Your Ukelele Day, Create a Vacuum Day . . . 

August, like all other months, has its share of them. I have to admit that I had so much fun with the research for this post. In fact, I got so caught up in the silliness of it all, I almost forgot to write my poem. Almost.

August Poetry. Theme: Wacky and Weird Celebrations | | #poetry #poems

Wacky and Weird
(an Ode to strange August celebrations)

Valentine's hearts and Halloween's boo,
holidays that are hardly new.
But, turns out, it's really true,
There's wacky and weird ones to celebrate too. 

"Relaxation", "Lazy", "Wiggle Your Toes"
Twist my arm, I'll honor those.

"Work Like a Dog" and Race Your Mouse"
"Thrift Shop Day" to decorate your house,

There's a day for "Just Because".
On "Tell a Joke Day" everyone does.

"Fresh Breath Day" and "Kiss and Make Up" 
Adherence stipulated in the pre-nup?

And another day devoted to beer,
tied in to "Vesuvius Day" I fear.

Share our love of "Underwear"?
The logic for this one remains unclear. 

"Sneak Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch" day,
could turn out to be dangerous, I've got to say,
"Pull Buckshot From Your Ass" just may,
be what you celebrate the following day.

Garden Vegetable Dip with Bruschetta: Fresh seasonal vegetables sauteed and incorpoated into a hot dip served with crunch bruschetta. | Recipe developed by | #reicpe #appetizer #vegetables

Garden Vegetable Dip with Bruschetta
Garden Vegetable Dip with Bruschetta: Fresh seasonal vegetables sauteed and incorpoated into a hot dip served with crunch bruschetta. | Recipe developed by | #reicpe #appetizer #vegetables

But wait, what is that I see?
I think I take this personally,
"Bad Poetry Day" must truly be,
A national celebration . . . of me.

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

Diane of On the Border shares My Brain Cell

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Wonderful Wacky Weird Days.

Candice of Measurements of Merriment shares Wacky, Weird, Bizarre, & Unique.

Sarah of Not That Sarah Michelle shares Ode to Weird

Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares Wacky, Weird and Poetic.

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Garden Vegetable Dip with Bruschetta
Printable Recipe

1 large zucchini, remove ends and chop
1 large summer squash, remove ends and chop
1 roma tomato, chopped
1/4 red pepper, chopped
1 green onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/3 cup grated parmesan

1 baguette, sliced on the bias into about 3/4 inch thick slices
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a saute pan, a baking sheet and a pie plate or an 8 X 8 baking dish with non stick spray.
*Heat the saute pan to medium and add the zucchini, summer squash, tomato, red pepper, green onion and 1 clove of garlic. Sprinkle with italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook and stir just until the squash is tender.
*Beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise, ranch dressing and parmesan cheese until smooth. Gently mix in the vegetables, spread into the prepared pie plate or baking dish. Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly hot.
*Once the dip is in the oven, arrange the baguette slices on the baking sheet. Mix the olive oil and 1 clove of garlic and, using a pastry brush, lightly spread onto the bread slices. 
 *Once the vegetable dip has been in the oven for about 15 minutes, add the baking sheet of bread slices to the oven.
*Bake the bread for 15 minutes or just until the slices start to brown.
*Serve dip with the bruschetta.


  1. Joke you must because your poetry is improving and I always leave with a smile on my face, shaking my head and wondering JUST HOW DOES SHE COME UP WITH THIS STUFF??
    Now, pass the dip woman! Dang that looks good!!

    1. My poetry is improving? Think maybe you better cut back on those pain meds a bit!

  2. What a great poem! Love how you ended it! :)

    1. Thanks, Candice, this month's theme really was a challenge!

  3. Oh, this is great, Karen! Priceless August holidays! I think I'll honour a few of those, too. I know I can get behind like 'Relaxation, 'Lazy' and 'Wiggle Your Toes'. And I know I would love 'Tell a Joke Day'. Intrigued by 'Underwear' Day. Hmmm . . . that could go in many directions at once. And I've already participated in 'Sneaky Zucchini Day'. And have the buckshot to prove it! This was such fun!

    1. This was a tough theme but I love how we all approached it differently and managed to come up with something fun!

  4. There are some really weird holidays out there! I'll need some yummy veggie dip to eat while I celebrate them all!

    1. There are a few that I could really get into, but I don't know about celebrating them all . . .

  5. For some reason, I continue to have trouble commenting in the default Blogger comment box using my iPhone, so thank you for your patience. I loved the poem and I loved your recipe. So timely, with the tomatoes and the zucchini rolling in! Has been shared. Alana

    1. I have trouble commenting on some blogs from my cell also. Thanks for coming back, appreciate it.

  6. I don't know much about poetry but that's ok I know what I like and what I don't

    1. I hope you're saying there's something about this post that you like . . . but I'm not sure.


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