Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Essence of Giving: December Poetry

Here we are again, another monthly poetry group post and this time I'm furious. Furious, I tell you.

If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I've asked my boys to write me a guest post many times. Especially College Boy. He's amazingly thoughtful and articulate, truly passionate about certain subjects that interest him, I would love to share his point of view. But it hasn't happened. Well, I wrote one for them, a joke which, sadly, no one got. It's tough to have my sense of humor. {{sigh}}. 

Anyway, when College Boy came down to the kitchen last week, saw me looking at this blank page and asked what I was doing, I told him I was trying to write a poem using the theme "Giving." "Oh, I could do that," he said. My face lit up. I mean really, my face lit up. "You could?" I asked. "Sure," he said.

And he did. He stood in my kitchen and out of his mouth, in rap form, came an amazing piece of prose. I kept saying "type this out, don't just stand here, get this down." 

Did he?


I've asked him a number of times to recreate it, but he says he doesn't remember. 

So you're stuck with me again this month. 


Giving, the theme for the monthly poetry group's December posts | | #poem #poetry #MyGraphics

The Essence of Giving

by the dancing fire
the warmth,
colorful displays.
Thoughts wander.

packed stores,
long lines,
longer bills. 
To show we care.

large and small,
and obligatory.
What for whom?

prepared together,
you chop,
I'll stir.
Group effort.

Holiday Leftovers Wontons, a unique way to use holiday leftovers. Delicious for lunch, dinner or an appetizer | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday
 Holiday Leftovers Wontons
Holiday Leftovers Wontons, a unique way to use holiday leftovers. Delicious for lunch, dinner or an appetizer | Recipe developed by | #recipe #holiday

'round the table,
talking at once,
laughing in unison.
The essence of giving

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

Diane of On the Border shares Giving, Wrapped

Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Giving . . . and more giving

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Tis the Season For Giving.

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Holiday Leftovers Wontons
Printable Recipe
1/4 cup cooked leftover mashed potato, room temperature
1/2 cup cooked leftover stuffing, room temperature
3/4 cup cooked turkey, chopped, room temperature
2 TBSP cranraisins
1 cup oil
12 wonton wrappers

OPT: cranberry sauce for serving.

*Mix together the mashed potato, stuffing, turkey and cranraisins.
*Place some water in a bowl.
*Lay out half of the wonton wrappers. Place a TBSP of the turkey mixture into the center of each wrapper.
*Dip your finger into the water bowl and wet all edges of the wonton. Fold the wonton into a triangle and press all the sides to completely seal the filling inside. Cover with a damp towel.
*Repeat with the rest of the wontons.
*Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large skillet until hot. As it heats, put a tiny piece of stuffing into the pan, when it sizzles it's ready.
*Place half of the wontons into the hot oil. Cook for about 2 minutes until the bottom is brown and the wontons are floating. Carefully turn and cook the other side for 1 minute. *Remove to paper towel to drain. 
*Repeat with the rest of the wontons.
*Opt: Serve with cranberry sauce.


  1. Oh, this is perfect. Perfect! The very fabric of Christmas and all it encompasses. Very well done!

    1. Thanks, Diane, I try. Although College Boy's was much better.

  2. The poem is great! Nice to know young people can easily forget too! I like this recipe. Wontons around anything makes things special.

    1. Yeah, everyone forgets. Unfortunately I do it more often than most of the young people I know. {{sigh}}

  3. Tell College Boy you won't feed him until he recreates! I've always admired people that spout poetry like you can! Okay, let's call it what it is...jealousy haha!

    1. HA, that was not spouted. I really struggle with these poetry posts. Now what College Boy did, that rap was off the top of his head. He's who I'm jealous of!

  4. The image of around the table is my favorite. That has always been holidays to me: being with family. And I love that we created this huge family here at our house so that my kids can have the same experience!

    1. Yes, the most meaningful gift we can give is our time. Now that my boys are in college, family time is even more important because it doesn't happen as frequently.

  5. So excited that my son and daughter-in-law will be here. Family is everything and your wonderful food is making me hungry. I love anything with cranberries.

    1. I like cranberries too, and I cook and bake a lot with cranraisins.

  6. This poem is great! And images are wonderful. Don't worry! Everything is nice!

  7. Children they are so frustrating at time, that said I liked this

    1. Thanks, I liked his better but nothing I can do about that now.

  8. Ah, the best things go unrecorded! May you have a most wonderful holiday. Can't wait to see how you are going to serve up the next holiday leftovers. Alana

  9. Loved the opening lines Dear. Beautiful poem.


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