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MAKING SOUP

Always cold in the morning, this kitchen is warmed now
With a roaring fire and my wife working beside me making just desserts
We stand here two hours this afternoon doing one of our projects
Cooking soup and fish for this evening’s xmas party of friends. 

The ghetto, the Projects, contained me with the music of 
The school’s leather belt and cane.  And then 
Parents lost in a fire. 
              That was a tough xmas, alcohol boozy flavored in an
              Empty-bottle kitchen, crowded and smoky.
It was a tough meat just cut today red blooded, now pale in the friends’ 
Xmas gift, the tureen shiny clean. The soup’s              
Alcohol flavored in effort to disguise taste of the firm onion, now soft slop. Next, must
Empty bottle of sauce in …add spice…Oh, now chop more veg: and the 
Kitchen knife peels and reveals their secret inner fleshes,
Crowded and jostling with juicy tomatoes, now reduced to wrinkled skins; and
Smoky, tall, erect celery now chopped into mini-sets of false teeth

Innocence lost in the poisonous smog of Dublin’s
Orphanage hymns and anthems: God and the state will help
Uniformed religious staff and teachers to tell me 
I do not belong - I must reveal no secrets about being
Woken, shaken out of bed, taken (with no word spoken) from the 
               Cold dormitory, scaly hand on my knee:
               Drown in this grasp -  fish out of water
Cold.  A small shivering fish caught in net, taken now from its fridge 
Dormitory for this sacrifice: staring, unfeeling, cold-blooded creature, its
Scaly skin shining on my cutting plate.
Hand on knee, I sit down to gut it, gills first - which made him
Drown as he struggled in the tightened net; and 
In this grasp I cut the fish open - an old  
Fish which was still feeling
Out of water. It seems a silly, scaled creature now, lifeless, staring at nothing.

I lost my loneliness from that hostile world:
She gave me peace and serenity  -
Warm feelings of belonging ; and it’s
Christmas every day. 
                 She is sweet, inviting, colorful, and around her
                 Melt-in-the-mouth music plays.
She is the essence of sugar,
Sweet free-running chocolate,
Inviting me to dissolve all of her creamy meringue shells 
Colorful and delightful, which will swirl
Around her taste  and 
Melt like love on a summer’s day.
In the mouth of my hell, she has uttered  
Music, and forever now,  it
Plays sweetly.

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Written for and entered in Debbie Guzzi’s  Contest     GET SERIOUS


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  1. Date: 10/7/2012 3:58:00 AM
    Wow, this just left me with a Wow, Sidney! I'm so sorry for the latest comments & congrats but I am so glad to read this-- This is one of those poems that takes you there, not just there but in the feeling as well. Excellently written and I am so humbled that I get to be placed with you! This is definitely deserving and how you turned this around at the end was superb. Super congrats, Sidney and thank you as well for what you said about my poem, it means a lot! Enjoy your week :D!

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 10:57:00 PM
    Sidney,, Congratulations in Debbie's " Let's Get Serious " awesome contest. ~ :-) always a pleasure in reading all winners when I get the chance. super xox's from~ PD

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 4:16:00 AM
    My God the talent that drifts to the top in some of these contests! WOW! I thank Deb for this contest that inspired you to write this masterful moving work. It is more than a poem, it is the art of expression of the soul. I was blown away! Debbie, you chose well for your two top winners. Excellent and so very deserving. Congratulations Sidney for giving me the gift of reading a poem I won't soon forget, maybe never will. It is going into my favorites, in my mind trimmed in gold! Mahalo

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 11:39:00 AM
    wonderfully written friend Sidney..congratulations!!! :)

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 8:46:00 PM
    what a wonderful tribute to her, Sydney. A wonderful win for you and this poem!! Congrats. (the contrasts you showed were incredible)

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 2:42:00 PM
    Wow, I'm speechless, it rates numero uno in my book of fav. no richter scale can measure this except love, congrats. vie

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 9:24:00 AM
    Congratulations fantastic win :)

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 6:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win in this contest "Let's Get Serious" Sidney. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 2:45:00 PM
    I have been away much too long....if this is an example of what I've been missing. What a brilliant poem this is....examining the two worlds of past and present...the painful memory melted into the beautiful present of the kitchen's warmth and such black and white comparisons......oh my heart...this is wonderful poetry and wonderful story telling.....tears me into pieces! :)

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 10:35:00 AM
    Congrats on this wonderful piece,Sidney...Great write...

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 8:46:00 AM
    Big congrats sid, knew it was good xx

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 6:23:00 AM
    Powerful write Sidney! Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 8:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. Well done Lee

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 7:35:00 PM
    Congratulations on top placement in Debbie's contest. A delightful read. :)

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 5:38:00 PM
    well, this is thoroughly deserving of first place, a most impressive poem (your poems usually are); I like the unusual word combinations and images you use, and also your sentence breaks and punchy lines, full of impact on the reader :-)

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 5:30:00 PM
    What a wonderful story. I am sorry for the beginning, rejoice at the ending. Congratulations on uyour big win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 3:18:00 PM
    No wonder Debbie chose your entry to be among the winners in her contest. A very impressive write.

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 2:24:00 PM
    So sad and sweet and uplifting..I love the play from past to present..so brave of you to let us see the blooming of your heart and soul..toped with the 'cherry of your life Tanya!' Hope you enjoy nikko's too! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 1:56:00 AM
    Oh Sid I felt every word here from my childhood and various homes we were in, You bought it terrifyingly back with this write . All the best in the comp I am sure it will be a winner xx

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 1:53:00 PM
    Gut wrenching..utterly brilliant ..stiff competition coming in too! One of the best things I have ever seen you write Syd. Light & Love

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