“Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen.” ~ George Lang
Ready to take a walk on the dark side?
Slip into these luscious chocolate beauties, then gently sashay through the lines of this impassioned verse by acclaimed author, poet and editor Lesléa Newman.
Can you tell she ♥ LOVES ♥ chocolate?
Yeah, she’s totally one of us. 🙂
ODE TO CHOCOLATE
I need a sweet, I need a treat,
I need to eat some chocolate.
Dark as wood and so damn good,
If I could, I’d live on chocolate.
Shaped like a kiss, delivers bliss,
The deep abyss of chocolate.
Just one bite, I’m up all night,
Such is the might of chocolate.
You’ll never wed me or even bed me
Until you’ve fed me chocolate.
I’m sick and sure the only cure
Is more and more pure chocolate.
The smallest bite brings huge delight,
High as a kite from chocolate.
I drink it hot, right from the pot,
Nothing hits the spot like chocolate.
A day without, I’m sure to pout
And shout out, “Give me chocolate!”
I must confess, I’m one hot mess
Unless I possess chocolate.
Without that cocoa, I go loco,
This ain’t no joke—oh chocolate!
Before I dribble, I’ll end this scribble,
I need to nibble chocolate!
~ Copyright © 2016 Lesléa Newman. All rights reserved.
Lesléa: I was on a self-imposed week-long writing retreat, between projects, not knowing what on earth to write about. When in doubt, I always turn to poetry and when in double doubt, I frequently turn to form.
“Ode to Chocolate” is a variation on the ghazal, one of my favorite forms. The ghazal originated in Persia, and literally means “the talk of boys and girls” or sweet talk. I took the notion of “sweet talk” literally and decided to write a love poem to one of my great loves — chocolate! The form of the ghazal uses internal rhyme and a refrain at the end of the second line of each couplet. It does not tell a story like a narrative poem, but is unified by theme.