Friday, January 29, 2021

At Your Own Risk: Leaders Poetry


Leaders, a monthly poetry challenge based on a theme. | Graphic property of | #poetry

 Another year,
and we're still here,
Monthly Poetry Group.
There's mostly
only two of us,
far less than a troupe.

That's OK,
we've more to say,
still rhyming, in a loop.





At Your Own Risk
Follow the Leader,
a game that children play.
One's out in front while others, 
will blindly go his way.
James was today's leader,
and his friends all gave their word,
to follow James wherever,
he chose to lead the herd.
But James as it turns out,
was a scoundrel, that was true.
Had a plan for Jon, Sue and Ann,
who'd follow him like glue. 

First stop, the local park
into a door clearly marked "men."
A place that Jon was fine with but
Sue and Ann had never been.
But James he wasn't done,
had barely hit his stride. 
Into the fountain they all went,
true, his followers nearly cried.
Lead them by the picnic tables,
what could he have in store?
Swiped a plate of Cocoa pie,
his friends then took some more. 

Cocoa Refrigerator Pie is a thick, creamy, chocolatey treat. The filling is cooked in a pan, poured into the crust of your choice and cooled. That’s it, decorate and serve. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #pie
  Cocoa Refrigerator Pie
Cocoa Refrigerator Pie is a thick, creamy, chocolatey treat. The filling is cooked in a pan, poured into the crust of your choice and cooled. That’s it, decorate and serve. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #pie


Leaders on a small scale,
but larger picture too,
can get you into trouble,
if you blindly follow through. 

Yes, children aren't alone in this,
the last four years we've learned,
following corrupt adult leaders,
will also get you burned.
Moral of the story,
you may already know,
don't follow any leader lest,
you're sure where he may go.

Before you go, more Leaders poetry:
Diane of On the Border shares Small Leaders.

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Cocoa Refrigerator Pie

1 pie crust
1/2 cup milk
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk (I used fat free)
3 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 TBSP French Vanilla creamer powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 egg yolks 
1 TBSP French Vanilla creamer powder
about 1/4 oz vanilla bark

NOTE: You can use any pie crust, Oreo, graham cracker, chocolate graham cracker, homemade, refrigerated or frozen. If you use a homemade, refrigerated or frozen crust, bake and cool it before adding the filling.
*Whisk together the milk and the cornstarch. Set aside.
*In a pot over medium heat, whisk the evaporated milk, baking cocoa, sugar, salt and egg yolks until it comes to a boil.
*Reduce heat to medium low. Whisk in the creamer, then the milk and cornstarch. Cook, whisking until the filling is thick, about 2 - 3 minutes. Pour into the prepared pie shell.
*Wait 10 minutes, then refrigerate to cool completely. Use a vegetable peeler shave the vanilla bark onto the cooled pie.


  1. This sounds nice for the springtime, when I don't feel the need to warm up my desserts. But it does get me in the mood for some hot cocoa. Alana

  2. I've watched both a brother and a sister follow blindly. It breaks my heart. FOLLOW INTELLIGENTLY! Brings back my mother saying, "If he jumped off the Empire State Building, would you follow?!"
    Perfect poem, Karen!
    And perfect pie! I LOVE your pie recipes! Husby will LOVE this one!

  3. Following scoundrels ususallyt leads to nothing good. I hope those children learned the lesson.

    1. If they're anything like my boys, they never learn the first time . . .

  4. I love your sweet treat recipes and they bring back such fond memories of when I could indulge! Have an amazing weekend - #forkup

    1. You can always make them for others, great big smiles are usually a sweet reward.

  5. Wise people pick their leaders with care.

    The pie sounds delightful, as do all of your recipes.

  6. Good job incorporating the recipe name into your poem :-)

  7. Love the talk on how leaders can get you in trouble. Great recipe. I love cocoa, especially white chocolate. Ghiraladelli makes some great white chocolate, makes me want to get up and get some right now.

    1. Sounds like this recipe would be perfect for you. Hope you try it.


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