Long poem by
Jacqueline R. Mendoza | Details
Green light means go ahead
Make your choice
Here’s a list of the Green light or free, fruits go, go, go and eat them up
Apples, dried: Dried apples make a great snack food and are easy to transport.
Apples, fresh: It makes no difference what variety of apple you choose. My favorite is Golden Delicious. Availability changes with the seasons though
Applesauce unsweetened: Applesauce isn’t just for kids! Grownups like this tart sauce too
Apricots, dried: Dried apricots make a nice snack-the dense, sweet tart apricot taste can be quite addictive
Apricots, fresh: Apricots are a smooth, sweet summer fruit chock-full nutritional goodness
Blackberries: Blackberries are as big as your thumb, purple and black and thick with juice. I remember picking these as a kid while catching June bugs and watching for snakes
Blueberries: Blueberries are late-summer berries with a very rich taste. They’re great sprinkled ina salad!
Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe comes with its own bowl – just cut it in half and scoop out each half with a spoon
Cherries, sweet, canned: When you buy canned cherries, you’re getting two for a price of one – the fruit and canned
Cherries, sweet, fresh: Go for cherries when possible, and use frozen ones in a pinch. Canned syrupy pie filling is overloaded with sugar and starch, so avoid it
Dates: A few dates are all you need to fill up
Figs, dried: Dried figs are readily available year-round.The easiest way to chop them is to snip them away with scissors
Figs, fresh: Fresh figs are healthy fruit that can satisfy a craving for sweetness
Fruit Cocktail: When was the last time you had a serving of this pitch-in dinner specialty?
Nectarines: Necktarines are a smooth-skinned variety of peach. They taste best at the height of the season (in late June and July)
Oranges: oranges are fall and winter fruit. When eaten raw, none of its precious vitamin C is lost.
Papaya: You can bake unripe papayas like squash. They contain papain the dominant ingredient in meat tenderizer
Peaches, canned: Canned peaches make a quick dessert for any meal
Peaches, fresh: Don’t let a little peach fuzz keep you away. Peaches are delicious and loaded with nutrients
Pears, canned: Cut up canned pears and add them to a salad
Pears, fresh: You can purchase pears green and they will continue to ripen. They do get sweeter as they ripen!
Pineapple, canned: Always buy canned pineapple in its own juice instead of syrup
Pineapple, fresh: Known as symbol of hospitality in the south, fresh pineapple makes a sweet dessert
Plums, canned: Canned plums are readily available treat.
Plums, fresh: Plums come from trees found in every continent in the world except Antarctica
Prunes, dried: Prunes are dried, purplish-black, freestone plums. They’re rich in flavor. You can also find them infused with essence of orange and lemon
Raisins: Raisins are just dried grapes. They make a handy snack
Raspberries: When they are fully ripe, raspberries caps detach. Midsummer is their prime season
Strawberries: Strawberries are a super food chock-full of health giving nutrients
Tangerines: Tangerines are small, sweet, Chinese oranges. They peel so easily its as if they had a zipper
Watermelon: Watermelon is a summertime treat that can’t be beat! Try freezing watermelon juice in ice-cube trays and adding the cubes to drinks
Copyright © Jacqueline R. Mendoza | Year Posted 2015
Long poem by
Scott Bronner | Details
Since eternity past God the Father Son & Holy Spirit dwelled in unity and sweet fellowship.
Then Three-In-One decided to make a marvelous universe with an earth for life to dwell.
Creating an amazing array of creatures was the easy part – the risk was on the last made.
For unlike other creatures, man & woman were made in God's likeness with a Spirit.
That Spirit communicated with God, and harmony reigned as earth was well cared for.
Freedom to do was great – limited by but one tree that the humans were not to ear from.
At that tree, Satan disguised himself as an innocent snake and asked the woman questions.
Did God really say don't eat from this tree? Well, that's to keep you from becoming like Him.
Look its fruit is beautiful and one bite and you'll know what God does and be Jehovah's equal.
Eve was confused, for this didn't sound like what Adam said God told her, but wouldn't it be grand.
If God is so good, why would he keep this secret from us of being able to be like Him – is He jealous?
The firm, juicy fruit was indeed delicious, and she quickly called Adam to taste, which soon he did.
A small act? Every war, family problem, anger, hatred, lie, killing, stealing, rape, abuse came herefrom.
The beauty of God's creation was now marred with sin that affected every part with death and decay.
God graciously gave Adam & Eve animal skins for no longer would they live in Eden's perfect climate.
From now on there would be sweat for the food they ate and exceedingly great pain during childbirth.
Even their firstborn would murder their second, starting the cycle of revenge and killing that's ongoing.
Yet God also made a promise that one would come who would crush Satan's head while being bruised.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God" clues us in to who.
For God's Son Himself would come to teach, heal and offer His life on a Cross to destroy our death curse.
Our sins He would bear and in rising He's seal the promise of eternal life, so great we Jesus' love for us.
For Jesus the cost was unbelievably high, and for us the reward is incredibly great – if we but accept.
Accept that I am a sinner, I've done wrong and need God's forgiveness to live with His perfection.
Accept that Jesus can do what I cannot – change my heart, make my Spirit alive to forever live with God.
This being GOD, the promise of heaven and new earth is sure, though pain lies in between. Choose now.
For GOD and all creation cry out – this is what life is meant for – to know and love One's Maker.
As humans we live eternally with or apart from God, and His great desire is that we choose with.
But just as an earthly Father cannot force true love, nor does our Heavenly Father – He waits.
Though He made all and knows beginning from end, he waits and yearns that we receive His love.
Then love and be loved by Jesus in life's harshness & delight, sharing that love with other lost children
To work in harmony with the One who made us, makes life new again as our spirit is filled with new life.
There can be dry days when we don't feel His presence, and others so full that we want to shout for joy.
The fact is Our Father GOD, our Savior Jesus, the Holy Spirit, are always with us and never will leave us. Amen.
Copyright © Scott Bronner | Year Posted 2013
Long poem by
Taoi Chanan | Details
Talismanic mystical duties of an aardvark is best performed upon a desert landscape or in a dense jungle for it is merely in these two places that wild fauna can be located and ancient brands of earth can be discovered shrouded in leaves or sand particles. When balancing an uneven trampling trumpeting elephant upon a six inch cake take heed for the barrels are sharp and once fell then tusks can damage icy floors and make such a mess that it would take eons to tidy. So speak the spacial non evasive pin. Whilst the pen has a snooze the pin can prick order even in the most stale of air. It is deemed necessary that in times of chaotically placed mind beams to reside in a uniformed environment and to take great care of ones hair thus ensuring an evenly balanced persona akin to the breaths of the four seasons. In great circles move many feet. Dance dance dance like dace moving in a river. Darting in many currents globally. Yet swerve away from pike. They are predators. Ministerial mushrooms glow and flow through the canopies of many a pan. Whilst a mildew laughs. Its spores mean war upon floors and walls. Best observe a two minute silence for the loss of paper and carpet due to these mould men. So as it comes so it is and so shall it be. Visitation brief encounters can enhance even the most sceptical of beliefs and bring faith in core once more. Yet ten onions dancing in a line to the tune of the news jingle could be said to be quite insane. I mean who would cover ones skin in many layers and many manufactured goblin spokes. Ti be exact a wheel is neither a trumpet or a weapon. How minuscule the microscopic droplets of a wavering pea. Savoured by many hands. After a feast. Dipping and dunking the bread into the circular array of platters. A fine day calls for such intrepid locust feasting whilst boats are not considered yet enemy targets with a weaponry view such landscapes of mind. Hell is not a demonic plague. Hell is neither prevalent. Hell is where misted westernised consumerist attitudes dwell. And so on and so forth. And why must they infiltrate the soil. Peaceful existence we did once want. Yet now no more. And instead we riot like great victorious packs of wolves. Women are like walnuts on a tree. Pick and eat them at will. Like camels or cattle they can be used as trade. So it has always been. When the market trader in his tent ran out of food for his ten wives forty eight children and his flock what best to do although heartbreaking. Sell off his teenage daughter to the tyranny. Such was the way for many eras. And what can be said in the Wes of slavery. Slavery still today in mansion houses.
Copyright © Taoi Chanan | Year Posted 2015
Long poem by
Johnny Sumler | Details
It was a sight that I could not forsee
Ambushed by my own men at morning hour
Hands tight with cord and naked from the waist
A mean air on the Bounty blew unkind
It was the troubled wind of mutiny
My men, whose morals all have been erased
Once officers, now Pirates inward-out
Reached for the Bounty as a gang of thieves
Abused and overturned by thine own dogs
If only that thy men were proud Marines
His Majesties Ship was all but a voyage
To Tahiti where the breadfruit lay
Our mission was to gather in abundance
Thy fruit as diet for the English slaves
Yet as for fruit, my men did taste the women
How beautiful the native women were
In all compare, the beauty of a Goddess
From skin to tone one also could compare
Her beauty to her Island, a paradise
'Twas something in the air of that fine land
That made savages of my poor pale men
With every fruit aboard the ship to sea
But of themselves, themselves rather not leave
Yet off we sailed, and carelesness carressed
Uncomfort in the head and shoulders of men
Which are ye stubborn fools, cowards or clowns?
Yes from my tongue my words did lash a whip
Upon scoundrels of little self-esteem
Art thy mind but a pyramid of mold?
Again, to officers I raised the question
Are ye capable of morality?
What ounce of Navy blood dost ye concur?
Must curiosity outweigh thy wit?
Where art thou mothers breast, you babe of fools?
Ye brains, the size of grapes and tasteless wine
It seems to me thou intellect is ill
Not once did I not discipline untruth
To say my words of truth, an sharp-edged sword
Did strike my men again, again, and again
Without truth we are fools and prisoners
Compared to other Captains, I was mild
For these men did not realize in themselves
Their duties, yet beguiled by their desires
'Twas like a clockwork orange of secrecy
A little rum and brand of mutiny
That caused this plan of treason to incur
And in my cabin did my rascals storm
Seizing that I may not utter a sound
Forcing me on to deck, my mutineers
This officer Pirate scorn, Fletcher Christian
Whose own words..."I'm in hell, I am in hell"
Now forcing me onto the Bounties launch
A twenty-three foot boat, in seconds 'twas
Overloaded with eighteen loyal men
Against the waves that wanted us to drown
And many storms whose plans were our demise
Against all odds, an underprovisioned boat
Beyond the verge of probability
Unsound skiff through such dangerous a sea
A subsequent quest three thousand miles and more
Did I return unto the English shores
To thine Judges, is court martial the question?
Do pardon me for thine loss of the Bounty
Copyright © Johnny Sumler | Year Posted 2011
Long poem by
Madison Demetros | Details
You tell me, as I get ready to cut a lemon
You say, "I hope you don't have any cuts,"
But what if I do
have cuts, have wounds
am I just to lick them?
they are not sugar coated,
Sugar is not a bandage here.
How am I to tell you, that I am a puppy with its tail between it's legs.
it's shameful, to have wounds,
not like scrapes, or paper-cuts, but scars.
Lemon's, they hold acid pentacles,
pentacles that will reveal the truth.
You cannot lie to a lemon, when you're tested
tried by the Lemon's brutal honesty, golden truth
the blunt blade cannot compare. They say the cut of a knife is the undeniable pain,
the discomfort that makes the bridge between pain, and shock.
I have to disagree there is nothing more painful than a Lemons truth,
a lemon spilling onto the shrouded accident, where caution tape has been removed
so no lovers are spooked.
He says, I hope you don't have any cuts,
but I do!
I do, how can I tell you, how can I measure the words I say
when I say "abuse," "trauma," it's already heavy
so how can I weigh, how can I lighten that load.
That life's sour, bitter lemon.
They say you make lemonade,
but I have sipped, I have had my cup refilled over, and over again
of optimism. Drank, drank it till it's last drop
The lemon drop, the last remains of my past in that paper cup.
You can make a pie, a pie for others because you're not going to finish that pie by yourself, that pie, the sweet, tartness of Lemon Meringue
of light, airy creme,
If I could tell you, instead of show you
because this world, this society always has to see the dead body,
has to see the evidence,
the proof or it is declared a lie, a masquerade.
The debacle of abuse is
that it blends well.
When time is the blender, and life throws you it's beaten lemons..
the abuse is mixed in well, then your poured your glass of reality
at dinner with your glass of water
because you have to have water,
you yearn for it to save you
because you're so dehydrated from crying, sobbing over another flashback
and our bodies are made up of 78% of water
so I guess I've already washed away the proof through the flood that
poured out of my eyelids.
Life is funny how it can skip smoothly like beaters
whipping things into submission
into submissive, passive woman
to afraid to speak, let alone whisper to anyone
that she covers herself and hopes to never be tasked to deal with the encounter of lemons.
Copyright © Madison Demetros | Year Posted 2017
Long poem by
Erik Fuller | Details
Like a present long waited for that is sealed
I’m in and out of love and don’t know how to feel
Although my love life has come to a yield
Now is the time to harvest the fresh fruit in the field.
I’ve picked apples and oranges
To lemons and limes
But I need someone that will marinate
Into a fine wine
I can’t create a prototype although I’m whipping the base
To sample and see how well it tastes
I’ve had a couple that has tried to make a case
But it just wasn’t my acquired taste
Had a blend a while back of strawberry and peach
Started to enjoy the blend though it was too sweet
Shaped around into a bottle of Eisenwine ’85 I knew I had plenty
Then it turned out to resemble the taste of Mad Dog 20/20.
In the field I happened to pass by another peach
I thought it was out of my reach
All of my friends told me to pick her please
Even though it felt like she instead picked me
Things were sweeter after we started to intertwine
Like a Chenin Blanc ’00, she was a light white wine
Our fermentation didn’t turn as well as prepared
Then I found out the whole time my wine was being shared
Her wine was discontinued and taken off the shelf
Although I still bootleg on occasion cause my skills are superior to anyone else
But now the Chenin Blanc’00 tastes more like Chenin Blanc’78
And I know it's at its best between 3 to 5 years after the date.
My year is expired and pouring her out is the hardest
Until I realized that she was not the end of my harvest.
My last harvest has the blend of peaches,berries, and grapes
Shes got a hold on my taste buds that I can’t escape
Weve known each other for a while and Ive watched her blend
Shes a little pricey but I wonder should I put in a bid
Theyre other wines that are close to her
And other samplers that wouldn't approve
At this point I feel like I have nothing to lose
The sample thus far has got me bent
She must have been heaven sent
Slender with sex appeal from her eyes to her toenails
Like a bottle of ’86 White Zinfandel
Shes intriguing at every stage
Like Zinfandel, shes going to get better with age
The thing that hurts about keeping it to myself
Is that I know there is not another one on the shelf
Comparing her to other wines is a waste
Cause deep down inside I know shes my acquired taste
Now you see why my love life is at a yield
I should just harvest the fresh fruit in the field
For this particular fruit, Id put down my last dime
To see if she'll marinate into my glass of wine
Copyright © Erik Fuller | Year Posted 2006
Long poem by
Ph.d Volo Von Wolfenstein | Details
2011, the modern year, coming closed
in 2012, and passive fat assed American apathy
strangles feeling from the esophagus, **** it.
I choke, cough out vowels in wolfballs. Owwww, couuunterculture, Uhhhhh,
Ohhhh coca cola. But make no mistake, the guzzling and guzzardry
of modern lore, dwindles.
Now last minute survival, duck and cover politics:
carrot, apple, pear, grape, tomato -----> so gently placed in plastic, lid covered, transitory to umbilical cord socket-sex, button sodomy, and the machine-like THUNDER of Mexican blade-bombing and the garish gore-grind. Vrummmm Vrummmm Vrummm, and, and,
orange safety pylon juice meets fruit software unincorporated, hums, sticky desert fringe fruit unwormed and hanging like a sour breast finds love in virgin wine, Bacchus
walks away laughing. Oh and the swollen GMD red clown nose gets squeezed of its comic jelly in a controversial orgy of fluid intercourse.
and it SLIDES, ALL THE WAY DOWN THE THROAT. That's what hindsight tastes like...
But, but, but, it won't heal the Dr. Pepper gut, and 30 years of exhaust-pipe rape. Not to mention pizza Saturday, chicken-wing February, and 1997: The Year of Bacon and Beer.
Might as well vomit regret, bet on black, and stick a heroin needle in your eye, you're ****ed.
Hey, not to advocate passive hedonistic pleasures, but Epicurus saw truth in the bottom of brown goblets and pink asscheeks. We live for pleasure.
Pleasure breaking rules, silent sneaking greed, pressure of self-indulgent fantasy realizing, uncompromised, counter-cultural cum-fiesta: the pornographic fix, the malignant business pleasure cancer cell, self-absorbed do-goodery in ego-built mosques of morality: religion as the psychological security of being GOOD. Ohhhh to be GOOD, to be GOOD, to worship a MAN nailed to WOOD. Not even the holiest incarnation of V8 fruit juice can save the soul from the body. Rotting.
Rotting, as you drive to deposit paper, media, machinery, the labour of hand or mind that drives resources to extinction, imagination and sweat into money, money into monopoly, monopoly into politics, politics into personal pleasure torture camps, adopted adultery adrenaline, cocaine-fuelled power-posturing and the snorting of ignorance, forgotten children, and the fattening of the proletariat power core. But no macaroni communism creations, just pleasure, sadness, confusion, thankfulness, ignorance, oxygen, and the inability to stop existing.
Copyright © Ph.d Volo Von Wolfenstein | Year Posted 2011
Long poem by
Victoria Anderson-Throop | Details
SHIPWRECK OF THE FISHING FLEET 11/24/2012
He was lost in white surprise
Of drugs and doctors quips
His mind was filled with flapping sails
Of white that guide the ships
To dance among the white capped rocks
In North white nights of June
Bring in the catch to catch the maid
Who’d be his wife so soon.
Wild hair so white it shamed the sheet
That soft caressed the grass
The grass-plagued daisies held her there
As clouds triumphant passed
In columns white the bossy clouds
Marched brisk across the sky
But none of them could match the spark
Of whiteness in her eye.
Fishing was the fruit of life
their land bore little green
the joy and danger that it brought
left little in between
and men who braved those waters
better be prepared to die
for reaping nets and filling holds
bows to a fickle sky
And then his shocked brain shifted
Jigged timed across his life
How many white nights had escaped?
The maid now was his wife!
Saw breasts so white that milk they gave
Seemed paltry in contrast--
To feed the babe that snuggled there--
The fruit of love surpassed.
Then shipwreck banged into his head
The white-flashed lightning zing--
He tested feet and moved his legs
Seemed he’d survived this fling
Of nature’s whims again he’d live
To tell the lusty tale
of how north winds had jumped from waves
to grab their ship's main sail.
Before the White-Christ
Had emerged from his Semitic genes
The sailors would have cried for Thor
To ease his hammerings.
Sailors lost were prices paid
To live in Arctic shores.
And, lost at sea was ever feared
By them, and wives adored.
He’d play a trick, they’d think him dead--
Would make a crafty tale!
By his hearth and in his bed
would sound a mourning wail.
His house would be a feast of black
Mad weeping would impress--
Then his imagination called her tears
He vowed each tear to bless
He smirked to think of their surprise
When he stalked through the door--
An unsuccessful leap from bed—
He’d rest a little more.
And being man-- he pondered sex
And pleasures it would bring
There was no sizzling passion like
His lover’s offering.
a putrid glass forced through his teeth-
Morphia drew him in
To dream the dreams of healing arms
prickles kissed his skin
He found her face beyond his pain, smile that could disarm--
In dreams , with wife, in languid bliss
he caught a fish of charm
Copyright © Victoria Anderson-Throop | Year Posted 2012
Long poem by
Robert Ronnow | Details
Not like a figwort but not an aster, either. Could he be a buttercup
with sepals, no petals, but sepals like petals? Alan is a bluebeech,
an ash if his books sell. Quick shake hands. Zach's bald ok, a
magnolia, cone-like fruits a bridge to his Neanderthal father.
When did Ben become a chestnut lover? It's said women are practical
but there's much variation in their leaves, ovaries. Many are older,
stumps, snags for peckers and porcupines, teachers, feeders, seeders.
What did the wood thrush sing
teaching its young thrush meanings?
Sometimes a mushroom. Did you know such fungi are mostly protein?
Mushrooms could replace meat, and the dead, the dead's feet, white
as pyrola, could replace the living. Well, we worry. Will we, bad luck,
be extinguished. Denizens of convenience stores think who cares, will
I beat the reaper? Hope sempiternally springs. Things rarely clear
as sun among the sundews. Eating huckleberries from your kayak.
What Paulinaq says is live your life and then your death until nothing's
Then thou shalt be bereft
of the heavy sackcloth of the soil, soul.
Said to Mrs. Buckthorn: good poets imitate, great poets steal.
I think she's more an apple tree. Or pear. Good to eat,
amenable to loving. Rose or Ericaceae, the differences make the
difference. Emerson and Rylin Malone are dead. The dead
are dumb, the dust won't speak. And this deep, dull and dark
blessing's a horizontal reserve. Moonlit. Mr. Hickory is actually a yellow
holy and exfoliating. Busy spilling seed on the surface of the snow.
writing, algebra, earth science, branches of government.
I would be a cypress, cedar, branches calligraphy brushes, divorced
It takes a divorce for one to know one knows no one, not only one's
but your very sons who will always choose the open flower bud.
Good, as they should. Their bones are your bones, strange bones, and a
strange selection of their words. They are Uvularia sessifolia (wild oats)
and Polygonatum biflorum (Solomon's seal). They outlast the holocaust
or not, they're made of matter. These windows need a good cleaning.
Leaf-raking. Dusting for ghosts. Ah, sweet peace, perfect rest, there are
adults are trees, teens are shrubs, and children are herbaceous.
Copyright © Robert Ronnow | Year Posted 2015
Long poem by
KENG CHUAN SENG | Details
Durians As king Of Fruits
When it is fruits season locally, everywhere there is an abundant display of all kinds of fruits…
In any given location, you’ll be spoilt for choices given the wide selection of fruits…
Of particular interest is the durian, a greenish thorny fruit that undoubtedly is the most popular…
People of all races, typically Malaysians, they number by the tens, they are regulars…
Every season seems to be to be a bumper season for this thorny seasonal fruit…
So much so the going selling rate being offered is a lowly RM1 per fruit….
A typical durian fruit, has on its outside is a hard covering of formidable sharp thorns…
Many a durian lover can attest to the inconvenience of its numerous prickly thorns….
When wrestled open, nestled within lies the heavenly aromatic manna called durian pips…
Depending on the species, its texture, taste and aroma captivates from your first bite..
Most Caucasians recoil in disgust and horror, upon catching a whiff from this fruit and its pips…
Little knowing the blissful satisfaction to be had in eating and savoring these fleshy pips..
Come durian season, all Malaysians stay united in this unique gastronomic activity…
Being Asians, in durians the various races and ethnicities reveal their common ancestry…..
It is a most common sight to see Asians by the roadside, haggling with the fruit vendors…
Some are busy making their choices, shaking and juggling different fruits that they have sighted on….
A number of others are equally engrossed in savoring opened fruits there by the roadside…
Some are eating seated at some rickety tables, others squatted in numbers are common sight…
There are also numerous standing ones who are just as engrossed in savoring these fruits…
While the fruit vendors are kept on their toes, heeding the avalanching demands of more fruits…
Even in these modern days of health concerns like high blood pressure and high cholesterol…
It is back to the good old days when it is a durian season, health concerns never mind at all….
For all Malaysians, be it Chinese, Malays, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans, you name them all…
We all stand united, one in harmony and in spirit, for the love of this fruit, thorns and all…
As one we lick off the last luscious bits from our fingers and finger tips, every savory bit……
Makes one wonder why this heavenly fruit is such awful poison to Caucasians in general….
Copyright © KENG CHUAN SENG | Year Posted 2015