Friday, August 27, 2021

Easier Said: Relax Poetry



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Last Friday of the month is for
Monthly Poetry Group to rhyme.
Diane and I take turns to pick,
"Relax," the theme this time.
As usual, today I'll try,
a poem to write . . . or fudge.
Whether I'm successful or not,
you get to be the judge.

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Easier Said

"Relax," said my wise mom to me,
"you worry way too much."
You always get it done, you know,
I help out in a clutch."
"Relax," said my first born son,
"some things you can't impact.
"Waiting for the sky to fall
won't stop it, that's a fact."
"Relax," said my younger boy,
"don't shake when I text or call."
But that's been my reaction since
his college second story fall . . .
"Relax," said Mr. Calm himself,
if dinner's not a win,
you'll try again another time,
I'll just bring take-out in.
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Chicken Divan Sliders
and they came out great, btw

"Relax," said the doctor,
"you don't want to have a stroke."
But how can I relax when he's
about to prod and poke?

"Relax," I said to my own self,
"shut down that brain at night."
"Nope," my own mind answered back,
"No getting this relax thing right."
Relax is for the beach, if it's
something you all want me to do.
Build one right in my backyard.
I'll relax once you are through.

Before you go, check out Diane's poem at On the Border

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Chicken Divan Sliders

NOTE: This recipe can easily be doubled for use in a 9 X 13 baking pan

9 slider rolls, preferably attached to each other
4 slices provolone cheese
2 TBSP butter, divided
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken
3/4 cups steamed broccoli florets
1 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 cup milk
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

*Grease an 8 X 8 square baking dish.
*Separate the rolls into 3 rows of 3, keeping them attached to each other wherever possible. Slice them in half, placing the bottoms into the baking dish and setting the tops aside. Cover the bottoms in the dish with the provolone cheese slices.
*Chop the chicken and the broccoli into small pieces. Set aside.
*Melt 1 TBSP of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne and continue whisking for 1 minute as the butter browns and bubbles.
*Next, whisk the milk into the pan and whisk continually for about 5 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
*Remove from the heat, whisk in the parmesan cheese, mix in the chopped chicken and broccoli, and set aside while preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
*Spread the filling evenly onto the provolone cheese, then add the tops of the rolls, pressing down gently. Melt the remaining TBSP of butter and brush onto the tops of the rolls. 
*Cover with tin foil and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for about another 15 minutes or until the tops are brown and a little crispy.
*Slice into individual sandwiches to serve.


  1. We're kindred sisters, Karen! I invent things to worry about...
    Hmmm...a beach in the back yard. That just might work! (And would totally be in keeping with the pirate ship we have there already!)

    1. If I get my beach built, I'll have to borrow your pirate ship.

  2. I like seeing how you and Diane approach the same subject.
    Carol Cassara aka Julie

  3. I couldn't remember what Chicken Divan was until I read the ingredients to your recipe. It sounds like a winner.

    1. We make Turkey Divan a lot after Thanksgiving, it's a favorite.

  4. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Except spouse would never make it. Meaning I'd have to cook, and then I couldn't relax. I sure would worry that the dinner would be inedible. I'm a deluxe worrier. Spouse lets me worry for both of us. My friend said if he dies first, his tombstone should read "I wasn't worried about that." Alana

    1. I would laugh at that tombstone, but I'd also nod my head, completely getting it.

  5. Relsx, oh I'd sure like to, but I'm a pro worrier! Your poem is great!

  6. Easier said is the way to explain my life........................

  7. The only way i've ever found to relax is to let G-d be G-d. Sometimes i am better at it than others.

    1. Yes, sometimes it's inordinately difficult to just let go.


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