Wednesday, September 12, 2018

September Twelfth: Anniversaries Poetry

For September, the monthly poetry group chose the theme Anniversaries. 

I had intended, as I so often do, to write a poem that would be a humorous look at anniversaries. You know, the marriage kind. I bet all of us can tell a few jokes about that. No? Just me? 

But anniversaries are about a lot of things, not all of them happy, many of them not a celebration. In the end I decided to write about one of those, a day I will always remember but never celebrate. This anniversary is an acknowledgement. A painful one, but one we can never escape, never forget. One that changed our reality forever.

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September Twelfth

Seventeen years ago today, 
reality changed in every way.
The day before, evil went astray,
our whole world was held at bay.

September eleventh will always be,
a date that lives on in infamy.
For this I'm actually glad, you see.
Not to repeat, remembrance is key. 

But . . .

September twelfth it all sunk in.
Planned to give blood. No need, a sin.
It's the day we knew evil'd gained a win.
And healing could not yet begin.

Anniversaries we often celebrate,
but this one carries a heavy weight.
The eleventh was a day of hate.
And the twelfth saw horror penetrate.

Witnessed our country and hate collide,
the day our collective naivete died,
Soon we'd act on our outrage and pride,
But on the 12th it registered, and we cried. 

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I deliberately didn't tie today's recipe into this piece, it just wasn't the time or the place given my topic. But I'm sharing one, as I always do, here at the end of my post.

Chocolate Strawberry Krispie Treats are today’s recipe. The old childhood favorite with the added flavors of chocolate and strawberry. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #snack

Chocolate Strawberry Krispie Treats

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends: 
Dawn of Cognitive Script shares Another Year has Passed
Diane of On the Border shares Times Twenty
Sarah of My Brand of Crazy shares Ten Years of a Lifetime.
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares Unwanted Anniversary.

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Chocolate Strawberry Krispie Treats

Printable Recipe

about 14 chocolate cookies of your choice
2 TBSP butter
1 package (8 oz) Strawberry marshmallows
1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
6 cups crisped rice cereal
1/2 cup chocolate chips

*Spray an 8 X 11 pan and a spatula with non-stick spray. Line the bottom with cookies. You will not cover the entire bottom, there will be spaces between cookies, this is fine.
*Whisk the strawberry jam.
*In a large bowl, melt the butter an marshmallows for 2 minutes. Mix, and if not all melted, microwave at 10 second intervals until they are.
*Immediately mix in the jam, then quickly add and mix in the cereal. Pour into prepared pan. Pat down to equalize the thickness. Set aside.
*In a small bowl, melt the chocolate chips until completely smooth. Drizzle over the top of the cereal mixture.
*Allow to set completely before slicing.


  1. Never, never forget! Beautifully done, Karen!

    1. Thank you, Diane. In many ways I remember the 12th as being just as difficult a day as the 11th.

    2. I think you're right. That's when it finally began to sink in!

  2. Never forget

    Love the recipe but I can't have chocolate or strawberry anymore. BUT they look good.

    1. You pretty much can't have anything any more, but it's worth it to restore your health.

  3. Yes the 11th of September was a horrible day in history but so much good came from such evil as well

  4. I hadn’t thought about September 12, 2001 in many years. And now, I’m realizing that I should never forget that day, either. Or the days immediately aft. Alana

    1. Yes, they were all tough days as we tried to internalize our new normal.

  5. I appreciate all of the September 11th posts each year. It brings me back to those first days of horror.

    And, your Krispies look really good. What a unique take!

    1. It's a tough place to go back to, and yet we know we need to be vigilant in remembering those days.

  6. Yes it did take a day or more to process the tragedy! Now those treats. I went to a dinner with relatives and because of my garden I was asked to bring salad, appetizers, veggie based dishes. My cousin's daughter was asked to bring dessert. She is very trendy and stopped at some very trendy bakery and bought rice krispy treats. Various flavors like peanut butter, s'mores, yes strawberry, etc. For a square that you could share, the cost each was I thought very trendy expensive!!! So Karen, you are so very trendy and could make some good money with your treats, just saying!

    1. A trendy bakery that makes Rice Krispy Treats? Ha, I'm on point and I didn't even know it.


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